Originally posted by AlreadyGone
One of the things we forget as Americans is just how big this country of ours is, and how spread out our population is across the fruited plain.
It isn't economically feasible yet to provide top quality connections when there is on avg one customer every other mile in Backside, Arkansas or Blue Corn Wisconsin. The higher the concentration of customers, the more economical it is to provide better services and the price goes down.
The reason European countries..ie Netherlands, are so good at providing service is that country could fit inside of Sampson County, NC... heck, Texas is almost as big as all of Europe. In Germany, you can walk from village to village literally at a hundred yards in some places...towns are only a couple of KMs apart. Here in the US...it is my experience that most towns are about 20 miles apart... the distance a horse could travel in one day...
As such, service is concentrated and so are the customers making it feasible for the providers to be able to provide a top quality product at a profit.
Americans have paid and paid again billions of dollars for an imaginary upgrade to create a fiber optic future. The estimate of $320 billion has already been collected which means that every household has paid almost $3,000 to upgrade the phone networks. The question no wants to really address is simple: What have Americans gotten for the telecom broadband rip-off?