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 "...data 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]: TL;DR
by Alfman on Thu 24th Jan 2013 18:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: TL;DR"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

xaoslaad,

"I pay just under $55 ($54.95 or 99 or something like that) now for FIOS each month for 15/5 which is FASTER than comcast and, oh.. no data caps."

That's a great price, was that a special deal? Maybe I'm just too accustomed to the higher prices/lower competition in the middle of long island. We'd love to have FIOS out here, our cable service has had problems and I'm so jealous of the bandwidth my brother in law is actually getting with FIOS.

Edited 2013-01-24 18:51 UTC

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RE[4]: TL;DR
by xaoslaad on Thu 24th Jan 2013 20:45 in reply to "RE[3]: TL;DR"
xaoslaad Member since:
2006-03-07

I had to sign a 2 year contract for the price - that was the downside of the whole thing. But as I'm not planning to move anytime soon it was no issue for me, as long as the service was reliable. So far it has been.

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