But while our government representatives in Dubai discuss global internet access, itâ€™s worth considering some of the access limitations on our own soil.
Here are the facts: Approximately 19 million Americans canâ€™t subscribe to high-speed internet access because they live in areas that private companies believe are too expensive to serve. Internet access is still very expensive compared to the rest of the developed world â€“ a third of Americans donâ€™t or canâ€™t subscribe.
Internet access in America remains relatively slow â€“ particularly when it comes to upload speeds, the very feature necessary for cloud computing and creating user-generated content. Cable companies dominate wired internet access and face no real competition or pricing pressure; telcos like Verizon and AT&T have retreated to wireless, which will never be a full substitute for wired capacity; and we still have no plan for a nation-wide upgrade to fiber.
Congress created the FCC to make available to â€œall the people of the United Statesâ€ a â€œrapid, efficient, Nation-wideâ€ communications service â€œat reasonable charges.â€ But we have failed in that task when it comes to the basic communications need of our time: high-speed internet access.
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It’s Time to Fix the Pitifully Slow, Expensive Internet Access in the U.S. | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
… and we need to fix this with competition, and FIBER and CABLE, people, not wireless!
It always amazes me, that almost everything is less expensive in the States, than for instance in Europe.
Internet seems to be the only exception.
Regarding the Cable and Fiber availability, its the same thing everywhere. The providers only make it available in densely populated areas.
65 a month is not really that expensive though the dropped connections do suck from time to time and for that price your getting a shitty modem, but its still a good price just wish the reliabaility and whatnot as a little more positive.
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