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According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds...
Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.
"huge telecommunication companies" such as Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, and AT&T have "divided up markets and put themselves in a position where they're subject to no competition."
"We deregulated high-speed internet access 10 years ago and since then we've seen enormous consolidation and monopolies… Left to their own devices, companies that supply internet access will charge high prices, because they face neither competition nor oversight."
How? The 1996 Telecommunications Act — which was meant to foster competition — allowed cable companies and telecoms companies to simply divide markets and merge their way to monopoly, allowing them to charge customers higher and higher prices without the kind of investment in internet infrastructure, especially in next-generation fiber optic connections, that is ongoing in other countries. Fiber optic connections offer a particularly compelling example. While expensive to build, they offer faster and smoother connections than traditional copper wire connections. But Verizon stopped building out fiber optic infrastructure in 2010 — citing high costs — just as other countries were getting to work.
reply to post by Bone75
come to australia and use our backwards internet for a while and you will think the USA is like the jesus of internet
Ha ha it can't be that bad man, you responded to me from half way around the world in less than 3 minutes.
reply to post by Bone75
American internet is so slow because the N.S.A. is using up all of your bandwidth spying on you.
Then your I.S.P. bills you for their usage.
Hell, I'm #-tickled getting 12MB at my farm now. I had been paying out the arse for Wild Blue's Xcede. Now if I could talk them into extending the fiber to the house, I'd be a happy camper.
.... I do remember reading a story recently where they were taking new computers and installing spyware on them before they went to market here in America.
Like I said its an interesting article and I thought it would make for an interesting discussion. Should we bring back regulations on the telecom industry, or should we just let the "free market" do it's thing?
edit on 7-3-2014 by Bone75 because: Added another clip