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(The Week)   Why are US internet connections so slow? "We deregulated high-speed internet access 10 years ago... Left to their own devices, companies that supply internet access will charge high prices, because they face neither competition nor oversight"   ( theweek.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, united states ranked, Google Fiber, download speeds, Tom Wheeler, regulated markets  
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2014-03-06 11:56:40 AM  
5 votes:
Is this going to be another Time Warner bashing thread? Because let me just say, Time Warner is not just a faceless corporation. Time Warner is tens of thousands of dedicated employees, all working together to bring the best entertainment available to your living room. Now, I know, they might not face the same pressures in their jobs as you face in yours. They don't have to worry about things like snarling competitors taking their customers with better service or lower prices, things most working people in America worry about every day. But c'mon. They're doing the best they can. If they didn't work for Time Warner, they'd be working for an airline, or a phone company. We're not talking about the best and the brightest here. These aren't people we want facing down the Chinese. They're like the droolers at the Goodwill Store. Do you make fun of them? Then you shouldn't make fun of TWC employees, either.
2014-03-06 11:00:01 AM  
3 votes:
You mean the free market didn't lead to internet utopia?

2014-03-06 05:30:11 PM  
1 vote:
Capitalists gonna capitalize!
2014-03-06 04:22:42 PM  
1 vote:

Robin Hoodie: weird that a law from 1996 focused on television broadcasting and telephone services and  would do a poor job at taking the internet into consideration. who would have guessed?

1996 eh? So what you're saying is it's legal to fark that law this year?
2014-03-06 01:21:11 PM  
1 vote:

Linux_Yes: INeedAName: I'm likely going to get stuck with satellite when I move...

you'll love the 10GB monthly caps.

You could probably hand-carry packets to a data center faster than satellite. I dated a girl who lived in the boonies north of Baltimore - I hope you're married to/involved with a nymphomaniac, because teh pr0nz will be hard difficult to come by.

// you might have to go back to pictures-only
2014-03-06 01:10:15 PM  
1 vote:
Why are US internet connections so slow???

cause 'merica's #1!   that's why.

also, the Department of the Defense (the government) invented the Internet.  back then it was called the ARPANET.

just fyi, for all you Turds who whine about taxes and blame the government for your not being as rich as your buddy next door in your gated community.
2014-03-06 01:01:02 PM  
1 vote:
So we're calling two huge companies that own basically the entirety of the internet world the "free market" now?  And we're INTENTIONALLY doing this for no reason other than wanting to having yet another republican bashing thread?

Ok, cool.
2014-03-06 12:40:21 PM  
1 vote:
If you think your internet speeds are awesome now, wait until we kill net neutrality!
2014-03-06 12:29:30 PM  
1 vote:

nocturnal001: Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Marcus Aurelius: But I can choose between FIOS and Comcast!

At least they offer similar speeds. I have Time Warner (and they don't offer the higher speeds they advertise on TV here) or ADSL which gets me 3Mbps down and 768Kbps up (at best).

Yup. TW is terrible.

Google fiber will be delivered to me sooner or later though. Sweet sweet fiber.

I can't believe the ISPs get away with such varying connection speeds. It should not be legal to advertise 8mb download when most of your customers never see anything close to that. This is like advertising a car that get's 100mpg, but with fine print that it only that efficient when it is in idle going down a hill with a tail wind.

Of course we have an evil gubmint agency that somewhat monitors MPG claims.

That is exactly what they do with cars, i think i just saw an article about that here in the last few weeks.  the MPG car makers advertise is a bunch of BS.  Our whole economy is based on lying.  Its part of what makes us a christian country.
2014-03-06 12:13:33 PM  
1 vote:

nocturnal001: Of course we have an evil gubmint agency that somewhat monitors MPG claims

No we don't. We have private Consumer Reports and Motorweek to verify mileage claims with real users.
2014-03-06 12:02:25 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah, we all know what that Invisible Hand has been up to in this arena.

/feels like about the elbow
2014-03-06 12:02:02 PM  
1 vote:
Well, duh. No competition means you have no need to build out infrastructure; as a result, your service suffers, but do the customers blame their ISP? Nope, they blame Netflix, which means Netflix has to pay to upgrade your ISP's infrastructure.

Also, because it belongs in every thread on this subject:
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2014-03-06 11:58:36 AM  
1 vote:
That article is a pack of lies. The free market is ALWAYS the superior solution.
2014-03-06 11:21:14 AM  
1 vote:
But I can choose between FIOS and Comcast!
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