posted on May, 18 2014 @ 02:25 AM
a reply to: introV
Broadband quality in the US sucks. If you compare us to a country like South Korea or Japan you'll see how far behind we are. Among all the
developed nations in the world we're at the bottom of the list. Instead it's due to a ridiculous business model that makes ISP's local monopolies
and a congress that has no technical ability and thus no ability to understand what the legislation they pass means.
You see, the ISP's have divided the country up into regions and then given each other control of these regions with agreements to not compete in
another ISP's area. Because of this, each ISP is largely free from the idea of competition, what "competition" they do have is purely manufactured
as smaller companies that lease a certain amount of bandwidth. For example in my town we have one company that offers cable internet. We also have a
smaller company that offers cable. This smaller company can't afford the cost of actually getting on the network however, instead what they do is
lease a portion of the larger ISP's with the stipulation that they can make whatever terms of service they wish. The larger company is still in
ultimate control over that network. They do this because once market saturation is reached and they have unused bandwidth they can sell that excess
bandwidth off to someone else and let them worry about finding the customers for it. It's not real competition because it's all still reliant on
the main companies servers/infrastructure.
As for the network itself, even the major ISP's couldn't afford to build it. Instead the federal government built it, originally the ISP's were
given a grant to build a broadband network but they pocketed the money and told the feds that if they gave even more money they would really build it.
So the federal government gave them more. Again the ISP's pocketed it and basically said "we don't know how to build it, thanks for the money
though". So the feds eventually built the network and handed it over to the ISP's on the condition that because they were getting a network worth
several hundred billion dollars for free they would pass the cost savings onto the consumers... also they were supposed to upgrade it. They did
Now, because the ISP's are largely also the TV providers they don't want to upgrade the network because it makes the TV side of their business
obsolete. Instead they want to charge for both products. There is no competition, there is collusion, and they have no incentive to offer a better
product. In fact they have every incentive to make internet speeds worse.
What you're referring to with quantum insertion has nothing to do with broadband speeds. Data moves through fiber optics at the speed of light, this
is a constant. Internet speeds refer to capacity rather than actual speed. Imagine water flowing through a pipe, with a larger pipe more water flows
at a time but it all flows at the same speed. What their program does is contrary to the data seeking the shortest path to it's destination (the way
the internet is built), the NSA reroutes the data to take a longer path. While this happens the NSA sends their phony data along the shorter path and
the fake NSA data reaches the destination first and is therefore used.
a reply to: andr3w68
South Korea offers 1 GB/sec connections for $20/month US. The brag connection you have right now is considered the barebones lowest standard service
there. It is to them what 56k is to us.
That type of connection is hardly something to brag over... it's something to be ashamed over that despite being in our position in the world that is
the best we can have.