Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 24th Jan 2013 10:12 UTC
Internet & Networking In the past, OS News has discussed how U.S. broadband access lags many other countries in terms of cost, speed, and availability. Now, this detailed report from the New America Foundation tells why. It all comes down to a lack of competition among the carriers, which can be traced back to the days when cable companies were granted local monopolies. The report argues that " caps... are hardly a necessity. Rather, they are motivated by a desire to further increase revenues from existing subscribers and protect legacy services such as cable television from competing Internet services." The report's conclusion: don't expect improvements without legislative action.
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RE[3]: Well....
by Laurence on Thu 24th Jan 2013 18:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Well...."
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do BT Fibre installs come over the standard phone line up to the door, or do they cable like VM do?

I'm not 100% sure to be honest. I think they used the existing line when I signed up, just replacing my master phone socket with an ethernet -RJ45- socket.

The other thing: this new site being advertised in the UK,, show you something important about BT infinity: the speed may be quoted the same, the price may be similar or cheaper, but the data is capped. VM isn't, and like I mentioned - you might well have your data shaped at peak, but I can still stream Netflix all day without hitting any buffering on my Wii or iPad/Nexus 7. BT Infinity is also still very niche, and we certainly don't get it yet in my area.

I've heard some people comment about the capping on BT, but I've actually found them to be highly forgiving. Though I will concede this is purely my own anecdotal evidence and my usage isn't really typical (most of my heavy traffic is over night and nearly all of my traffic is encrypted either as HTTPS or tunnelled via SSH. Plus I don't really do torrents (bar Linux CDs and creative commons content as I feel guilty stealing the bandwidth hehe)

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RE[4]: Well....
by henderson101 on Fri 25th Jan 2013 13:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Well...."
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Yeah - honestly don't know if it is really capped... but the 30mbs VM listed is not, where as the at the same level BT Infinity is listed as being capped. Given the monthly cost (removing all the gumph and free periods) is more or less the same, I'd go with VM given the choice. I know their ADSL was always capped (though I don't know what they define as "capped", it might just be traffic shaping or reduced speeds.)

The thing that really grinds my nads is the BT self congratulatory adverts. Crap like having the best "WIFI" speeds (because, you know, every other base station using N is obviously inferior to the BT Home Hub - in some fantasy world), and those awful students that look like they're in their 30's. Just about any provider that isn't BT is preferable, even if they still use the BT exchanges and wiring. /rant-off

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