I pay $30 a month for 20MB down and 2MB up with no thresholds. Where, in the first world, is it that cheap? It's been awhile but I recall there being ridiculously low caps down in Oz and NZ and their internet was at the time WAY more expensive to begin with. In a lot of countries you pay for how much you use. There are a lot of people on this board that should appreciate not having that pricing model in effect here!
Also, as someone who used to travel a lot for work I can say with certainty that our internet is far better than virtually everywhere I have ever traveled with the one exception I can think of being Japan.
As for wireless service we pay more because we like our phones to be subsidized. Feel free to use Boost, PagePlus, Virgin, etc. and buy your phone and pay a considerably lower bill. Lastly, it's easier for these other developing regions to put in a kickass fast system. Why? Because it's the first thing they are putting in. They don't have to recoup investment in older technologies. The only place I know of again that has great and fast wireless coverage that exceeds ours that has gone through the various 1G, 3G, 4G, etc. is Asia and they do pay a lot more for tech things than we do so it's not exactly a surprise...
And oh, obligatory "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, those poor disenfranchised!!!!!" - this is my favorite part "we're creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality." Hahahahaha, puhhhhhhhhhhhlease! What's next, "we're creating two Americas and deepening inequality through the homes of the rich having dual zone climate control while the poor only having one"
Lastly, I can chose from multiple internet carriers. I've got AT&T for DSL, TWC for Cable, Hughes for satellite, and then all the wireless providers should I want to do that. On the other hand I have only one option for electricity, gas, trash pickup, and water. Talk about outrage! Why don't I have more choices in my utilities!!!!!!!!!!!
Is this a troll post? Do you not realize that the rest of the country doesn't have the luxury of having internet companies compete for your loyalty? Since you have it so great, I guess we should not care about the rest of society.
Well then get the 3MB for $40 or TWC for better speeds. I mean, my gosh, do you pay full price for everything when you have to just do a little bit of looking around to save $$?
Move to slower speeds or unusable internet? No thanks, I'd rather not go down to 3MB. I'd rather go up from 6MB. The title of the thread is "slow and expensive". I agree that it is expensive for slow speeds. Your responses come off sounding very ignorant and rude (will that also get this post mod deleted?). While I'd like to go up in speed and have lower costs, I don't have an entitled attitude about it. Your responses have a negative attitude tone to them.
The rates I've shown are the best rates available to me. No shopping around necessary. At home, I had both AT&T and TWC. I eventually dropped the TWC at home due to how unreliable it was in my home.
At my office, I have both AT&T and TWC. TWC is much more stable than AT&T at my office.
Stability depends on your location and provider. Your internet with one provider could be stable while your neighbor across the street's is terrible with the same provider.
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and again only anecdotal ofcourse, but when I was in taiwan last month, i can assure you not everyone runs around with 100/100 internet.
None of my relatives have it, they all just use ADSL. There's also no "4G" wireless internet readily available either, pretty much everything still runs on 3G in terms of their cellphones.
this is in Taipei too fyi.
Taiwan has 6 carriers offered 4G as one of the first countries to adopt 4G according to wikipedia. Global mobile, Vmax, Far East Tone,... Taipei has 2 providers and coverage is like: here[com.tw] and here[vmax.net.tw]. But Tawian government is controlling LTE licensing, only given WiMax so far.
Taiwan is not a country if you consider it's not a member to United Nation. Their 100/100 is very very expensive compared to surrounding countries for $55[hinet.net] a month but hourly rate is $3-$4 range, gas price is about $4.442 today[com.tw] . That's consider high for 100/100 to their local hourly rate.
The reason Hong Kong or other places were mentioned because this thread is about compared (for better examples I hope).
We lived here in Los Angeles, are lacking of higher speed solutions but high cost (FIOS build out is limited). I personally chatted or called to Time Warner, Verizon if they can offer deals, from time to time. It's not easy. The best is 1M download for $20, 6 months, not lucky enough. DSL extreme now need phone service to come with it, no dryloop anymore and verizon zone is up to 7M [dslextreme.com] for $45 but with phone that's $80 with phone tax in there.
I have to agree with a lot of people on this thread. It's varied from place to place but overall, it's getting less competitions and even 2nd tier provider is not that affordable.
you're too quick to jump on the "blame the govt" bandwagon here.
Other than the fact that the govt allowed monopolies and duopolies to be set up essentially everywhere in America.
It's either government or consumers. They hold the power in the market place.
The government, in this case, didn't just allow monopolies to be setup, they actually supported it and prevented competition from entering the market place.
Lightsquared is the latest example.
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