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  •  Out of curiosity, how does Europe and Asia (1+ / 0-)
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    manage to provide faster speeds for lower prices than in the US? Do they charge businesses, universities and research centers more so that consumers reap the benefits?

    •  The speeds you refer to are from the home to the (2+ / 0-)
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      ISP, what is generally referred to as last mile.

      In the case of South Korea - which has one of the fastest in the world:

      See http://en.wikipedia.org/... and http://www.korea4expats.com/... and http://www.cnn.com/...

      - government subsidies.  Vs US taxing infrastructure and special fees for routing cable/fiber.  S Korean pushed high speed Internet so Samsung and LG would have their home market be able to adopt new products earlier than other countries - making these companies better global competitors.

      - more competitors to choose from - there are 3 major ISPs, all of which have high speed broadband plus smaller ones with high speed.  In many places in the US local governments essentially sold monopoly rights to 1 cable company. In most of US only one ISP offers service faster than 50 Mb/s

      - S Korea has most all of its population located in a few major cities with high population densities - so infrastructure is less expensive per person.

      Also in the US the FCC in the 1990s required that telcos with last mile service make these connections available to their competitors at essentially cost.  This killed the incentive for telcos to make the massive investment in fiber - so they didn't.  Fortunately when this policy was made the FCC thought that cable companies did not have the technology to do high speed broadband and did not impose the same requirement.  The cable industry made the investment and they dominate high speed broadband in most of the US.

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      by nextstep on Wed May 21, 2014 at 02:57:51 PM PDT

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      •  - government subsidies. (4+ / 0-)
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        In the case of South Korea - which has one of the fastest in the world:
        Now if S. Korea would just pay for the tanks and other military equipment and for the over 28,000 US troops based there, perhaps we would have some of those "- government subsidies" here for the fastest in the world.

        While back at home here in Homeland, the Pentagon sucks up our taxpayers dollars into its bottomless money pit.

        _______________The DOD/ War Department, which consumes 22% of the national budget, is the world's largest employer with 3.2 million employees.

        by allenjo on Wed May 21, 2014 at 03:34:19 PM PDT

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