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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Comment by yester64
by yester64 on Fri 25th Jan 2013 01:16 UTC
yester64
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2012-07-28

I think this just cries for intervention of the government.
The last time i had At&T pre paid they had a 50 (!!!) MB option for $5. What an insult.
As far as i concerned, the internet is a sinking ship in the US both land or wireless.
It is clear that they don't want you to use any data at all. Or you have some extra cash. AT&T dataplan for entry level is $40 which gives you 1GB. Very generous.
I don't use any consoles anymore because i always have to check how much data i used up. Netflix is now also on my list of "don't watch to much". I don't even want to stream anything with Pandora.
It is a situation like in the drug realms. First they get you a fix till you hooked. Then the real face appears and you get squished like a lemon.

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