Yes, American broadband sucks: Here's the real reason why


Waiting for fiber to your home? Don't hold your breath...

Reports show the U.S. continues to fall behind in broadband Internet speeds. Yes, America: The land of the free competition and the home of the brave market-entrant. Is it because of the vast rural areas? (No.) Is it because people aren't prepared to pay what it costs? (No.) Is it because governments don't subsidize it sufficiently? (No.)

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers find out why.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.


Edward Wyatt bemoans broadband, because bandwidth:

San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States. ... But the speed of its Internet service is no match for the Latvian capital, Riga, a city of 700,000 [which] is at least two-and-a-half times that of San Antonio’s. ... And the cost of Riga’s service is about one-fourth. ... The United falling dangerously what many people consider as basic a utility as water.


In Riga, speeds average 42 megabits a second, but many users [get] 100 to 500. ... The mayor of Riga said...“The technology makes this an even more attractive place to invest.” ... There is ample evidence that faster broadband spurs economic growth.  MORE


Goodnight, Zach Walton:

Clean water and electricity both started out as luxuries that only the wealthy could afford. As civilization progressed, they became more affordable and accessible to the point that they became utilities.


Despite all this, you’re probably not going to see Internet access or speeds improving anytime soon. Most cities are still kept under the thumb of monopolistic telecoms that can charge whatever they want [so] American consumers will continue to be extorted by their friendly Internet and cable provider.  MORE


So Greg Sterling shares his own experience:

Several years ago I switched my home ISP from Comcast to AT&T DSL [which] were the only two choices in my area. ... As a practical matter what we received was 1 to 2 Mbps on average, generally at the low end of that range. ... I made repeated attempts to address the problem. ... It was incredibly frustrating. ... AT&T delivered consistently poor service.


Earlier this year...I “went back in” and investigated all the options. .... To my surprise (but not entirely) Comcast and AT&T were still my only choices. [That's] a kind of metaphor for the sorry state of broadband in the US today. ... These companies have no market or regulatory incentive to offer faster, cheaper internet.  MORE


Nel frattempo, Joel Naticchioni condivide anche la propria esperienza:

The part of this that really annoys me is that I am just 30 mi. out of...the 4th largest city in MA; the Internet [is] paint-dries-faster slow.

Meanwhile, my cousin in the equivalent of East Bum****, Italy has a 30/30 line. HE STILL GETS MILK FROM GOATS, YET HAS FASTER CHEAPER INTERNET!  MORE


In summary, your humble blogwatcher summarizes the summary of the summary: [You're fired -Ed.]

Unlike other countries, the U.S. suffers quasi-monopolies, lack of regulatory incentives, and a near-absence of competition.  MORE

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