Despite the deployments of a few gigabit networks by Google and the
spread of faster cable technology, U.S. broadband is falling behind.
It’s expensive both as a monthly bill and on a per-megabit basis
when compared to the rest of the world. For example, at $89 per
month on average, U.S. residents pay more for broadband than
residents in 57 other countries including Canada, Bulgaria, Colombia
and the U.K. That’s right, the
U.S. ranks 58 out of 90 countries.
The research, from research firm Point Topic concludes that the
higher broadband prices are “caused by lower investment in
infrastructure as well as lower take-up which prevents them from
benefiting from economies of scale.” To get the above data the
firm compared the prices paid for residential broadband and includes
standalone and bundled services offered over DSL, fiber and cable
broadband in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Per-country comparisons like this are hard to act on, but even at the
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U.S. car manufacturers decades ago milked profits out of poor technology
and got outcompeted by Japan on both quality and price.
The same thing is happening right now with fast Internet service.
We may not have to wait for Verizon and AT&T to get around
affordable fast 4G LTE Internet service:
Sprint may do it first, now that Japan’s Softbank is stepping in.
Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son isn’t impressed with the high-speed
wireless networks in the United States.
“Everytime I come to the U.S., I say ‘Oh my God, the mobile phone
network is so slow,'” Son said during a conference call with
Now, Son is in a position to change things to his liking after
Softbank and Sprint Nextel agreed on a deal in which Softbank would
take a 70 percent stake in the U.S. carrier.
Sprint, which has struggled as a distant No. 3 carrier behind AT&T
and Verizon Wireless, could get a boost from the deal, in which
Softbank spends $12.1 billion to buy the controlling stake and
another $8 billion in investment into the company.
Chairman Paulk violated the Commission’s own
Policies and Procedures for Citizens Wishing to be Heard by saying Timothy Nessmith didn’t get a chance to fill out the appropriate form, but he was welcome to speak anyway. Now I think that’s a silly rule, and if the Chairman is going to waive it for one person, they might as well revoke it for all citizens so nobody has to sign up.
Chairman Paulk chose to answer that by saying it was a Public Service Commission issue, and adding that due to housing density on that road “they [presumably the telephone company] can’t make it work economically.”
Like my neighbor Chairman Paulk, I know Nessmith’s neighborhood (Nessmith lives around the corner from me, although I had no idea he was going to speak, and have never discussed his issue with him). Later I will post some things the Commission could do.
AT&T is upgrading DSL service and requires more than a full day,
until 8AM Sunday, to do it.
So I happened to wake up and wanted to check something online.
No DSL service. (Yes, I rebooted the DSL modem.)
Determined the modem was working and the problem was beyond it in
Thought maybe there’s a tree down on the line.
Called AT&T. Message said “high speed” Internet technical support
hours are 6AM to 11PM, so please call back then for best service.
The Internet is supposed to shut down overnight?