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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Statist propaganda
by mtvx on Thu 24th Jan 2013 20:41 UTC
mtvx
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2013-01-24

The conclusion qualifies as BS... It contradicts the initial (and true by the way) assertion that cable companies were granted monopoly status by the... state. And then they want to fix it with more legislation issued by the same institution that created the problem in the first place? Yeah, that will fix it... Give them more power, like they don't have too much already.

Competition works! No need for more legislation. Legislation usually is designed by the big guys (the companies supposedly under scrutiny). Allow free entry (no more monopolies) and then innovation will follow and prices will go down.

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RE: Statist propaganda
by Casey99 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 20:46 in reply to "Statist propaganda"
Casey99 Member since:
2011-07-14

There are areas where you can already enter freely. Some places have 2 cable companies. It doesn't bring down the prices.

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RE: Statist propaganda
by benali72 on Fri 25th Jan 2013 00:39 in reply to "Statist propaganda"
benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

Legislation is required to rescind the monopolies.

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RE: Statist propaganda
by zima on Thu 31st Jan 2013 22:29 in reply to "Statist propaganda"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Places with the best offers of internet access (that would be mostly Nordic countries) traditionally have quite heavy state intervention, in most areas of life...

And those offers are great even despite very low population densities.

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