Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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RE: "Public Relations"
by zima on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "Two words describe the "why""
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look at the place that has dirt cheap gigabit: Hong Kong. Population Density? ~42,500 per square mile...
Coos County NH where 33.6 dialup is a good day? 19 per square mile.

Seriously, you almost couldn't choose your flawed example more selectively - HK, nearly the most densely populated place on the planet.

But let's try some other - how about Finland, with two times lower overall population density than the US (that includes Alaska, or generally areas where... nobody lives, so internet access is moot). Similar Sweden or Norway (this one getting close to 1/3 of the US population density). All with much better speeds and prices.

What you wrote is just the PR of ISPs, a cheap excuse you swallow without thinking, just like an obedient consumer your telecoms want you to be. Go on, continue buying into excuses, to keep believing in "America teh greatest" while it keeps moving further from the truth... (BTW, contrast the popular myths of "American Dream" and "land of opportunities" with how the US is at the bottom of developed countries in actual measure of this stuff, social mobility; meanwhile, the popularly disparaged "nanny states" are at the top)

Oh, sure, most of people in Nordic places concentrate in population centres ...but that's exactly the case as in the US (one of most urbanized countries), not many people live in the woods / they aren't visible in stats comparing speed and price of broadband.

Edited 2012-08-04 00:18 UTC

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