Why Americans have fallen in the worldwide broadband race

Feel bad that you pay what you pay for broadband? Congratulations. Here’s some more bad news.
Amazing fact. Americans have fallen from fourth place in 2001, to sixteenth place currently for bandwidth per capita. Most countries are paying somewhere around $30 a month for more bandwidth that we’re ever getting and some are even bundling television and phone service for a mere $38 per month. How much does it cost to get the same service here? Last I checked, you had to shell out one Benjamin a month to keep the dogs at bay.
Now BellSouth, and Time Warner and other utilities corporations have claimed that it costs more to do business in the States and there are cutbacks that need to be made. Yet, every year my cable television and Internet rises in cost, and I’m not seeing my bandwidth getting even close to Asia or Europe. My guess is that there are some linings of pockets that need to be cut. Until then, Americans keep falling behind in the race of high-speed connectivity.
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  • P0ldy

    Frankly, this is mainly the fault of the government. They haven’t even TRIED to push universal broadband, whereas the main reason it’s available in Europe and Asia is because it’s been backed by the government. What incentive is there for broadband ISPs to wire the United States with 100mbps like Japan has? There’s little “goodness” to pool from the hearts of these companies.
    This is holding the Internet back. You know what will change it? When the *AA figures out that yes, their archaic business model is in fact decrepit, and then pushes government officials to support universal broadband because they can use the Internet to deliver content at whatever exorbitant rates they please. Perhaps when they attempt to make the iTunes killer with DRM that forces the user to turn over ownership of one’s computer just to download Star Wars Episode 91.

  • P0ldy

    Frankly, this is mainly the fault of the government. They haven’t even TRIED to push universal broadband, whereas the main reason it’s available in Europe and Asia is because it’s been backed by the government. What incentive is there for broadband ISPs to wire the United States with 100mbps like Japan has? There’s little “goodness” to pool from the hearts of these companies.
    This is holding the Internet back. You know what will change it? When the *AA figures out that yes, their archaic business model is in fact decrepit, and then pushes government officials to support universal broadband because they can use the Internet to deliver content at whatever exorbitant rates they please. Perhaps when they attempt to make the iTunes killer with DRM that forces the user to turn over ownership of one’s computer just to download Star Wars Episode 91.

  • darkmoon

    Heh. I totally disagree. I have been a part of the digital divide teams for the last two years. I can tell you that there is plenty of money. Unfortunately, somehow that money get squandered right at the top. Take a wild guess which companies actually take from the top bank and why myself and others on the bottom get so little?
    You think that there isn’t enough infrastructure to push for broadband everywhere? Let’s try no one wants to bother to turn it on because it’s not profitable enough.
    The reality isn’t that the government won’t back the broadband (see the Department of Urban and Agriculture’s site). It’s the fact that corporate people think we as consumers won’t care if they raise prices a few dollars every year because it’s such a small amount…. and whoa! five years past and I’m paying twice what others with higher living costs around the world pay. All the while, they refuse to build-out because they can make do on old technology. Milk it until it runs dry.

  • darkmoon

    Heh. I totally disagree. I have been a part of the digital divide teams for the last two years. I can tell you that there is plenty of money. Unfortunately, somehow that money get squandered right at the top. Take a wild guess which companies actually take from the top bank and why myself and others on the bottom get so little?
    You think that there isn’t enough infrastructure to push for broadband everywhere? Let’s try no one wants to bother to turn it on because it’s not profitable enough.
    The reality isn’t that the government won’t back the broadband (see the Department of Urban and Agriculture’s site). It’s the fact that corporate people think we as consumers won’t care if they raise prices a few dollars every year because it’s such a small amount…. and whoa! five years past and I’m paying twice what others with higher living costs around the world pay. All the while, they refuse to build-out because they can make do on old technology. Milk it until it runs dry.