U.K. consumer did something not one U.S. consumer can do. This broadband
consumer in the U.K. has so many options - 59 Internet Service Providers that
he needed a spreadsheet to figure them out. Here in the U.S., a similar customer might have two
- the telephone company and cable company.”
quote: New plans are offering 15gb of data for $70AU ($50+ US) on adsl2+ speed (up to 20mbps) but uploads are also counted.what a joke.
quote: And you're complaining about a 20mbit connection that you "only" get 15gb/month of bandwidth for $50? I would take that in a HEARTBEAT!
quote: The size of the US really doesn't matter, because the amount of money to be made is enourmous.
quote: The current cable and phone companies just have little incentive to do anything in most of the US because people have no options; so someone like me has no choice but to pay Comcast $50+/month for 6Mbps cable internet.
quote: Laying down fiber optic cables across the entire 3000 mile span of the US is no easy or cheap task.
quote: the fact is the US is a huge country with many inhabitants spread out over a tremendous area. Japan and the UK are smaller than California, so it isn't a fair comparison.
quote: Well you say that, but in both population and geographical terms the US is bigger than the Euro zone, so your point is a little bit uninformed.
quote: Add to that the stupid amounts of dividends that shareholders in these companies want to have each period, and you have a big problem.
quote: South Korea just banned Vonage and other VoIP service providers, even for our soldiers stationed there trying to call home.
quote: hmmm the military probably isn't given the option, where i am stationed now, we have wireless everywhere, with about 5Kbs, max. we all want better connections, but we aren't even given the option to pay for it.
quote: ok, i'm sorry if my words misleaded you guys, i wasn't implying that americans must me stupid because they never heard of Romania, but from my own experience, a lot of americans never heard of it, why should they? it's not like we are Greece, a highly popular turist destination in the balcans, nor Germany, the richest country in the EU.
quote: Sorry if any of yuo got affended by that. i have some virtual american friends, met them on some dc++ hubs, so i don't have any problems with americans. i actually work for some of them, and earn big bucks( more like 500USD a month)
quote: i'm not an expert in USA broadband access, my guess would be that there isn't real competition between the big players, and that the USA government doesn't do something about it.
quote: i wont's buy the theory "americas huge, it would be very expensive to wired it all up with FIOS", because, even if it is huge, the moiney to be made are even greater than the cost of wiring it up.
quote: The telcos have been getting money from the government for this sort of thing, but rather than the fiber being a part of a national network, the telcos hold ownership, even with government kickbacks.
quote: My average speeds are more like 3 to 4 Mbps unless I'm lucky and get a really fast server or something. My simultaneous downloads do average around 6 Mbps or greater, so I think it's the whole damn net and not just your ISP when things are slow.
quote: My question for those with fiber optic download speeds is: who's serving files that fast?
quote: I rarely see files served at even half my cable modem speed.
quote: "They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."
quote: European and Asian web surfers will soon leave American consumers in the dust, every time.
quote: ROFL, you mean SCANDINAVIA and Asia, the rest of europe is worse than the US when it comes to broadband