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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Anyone here use CLEAR ?
by benali72 on Fri 25th Jan 2013 00:37 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

In our city, CLEAR has come in to compete with cable and AT&T DSL. CLEAR uses 4GL cellphone technology (basically your router is wireless to cell towers).

I'm thinking of trying it.... does anyone here use CLEAR?

Thanks for your feedback.

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RE: Anyone here use CLEAR ?
by intangible on Sat 26th Jan 2013 06:01 in reply to "Anyone here use CLEAR ?"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

I had a friend who was selling them for a while so I got to check it out at my house without buying anything. Since the sales people work on commission, they're super high pressure and annoying though...

They're using Sprint's network I think and lately claim there are no data caps.... but I'm still leery.

As far as performance goes, their upstream and downstream seemed close to advertised speeds, but 175ms+ ping times were the minimum, so hope you're not gaming or anything.
This was a year or so ago though.

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