suppressing capitalism in the US

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    How our monopolies are preventing our nation from being competative with the other industrial nations.

    Scientific American: Why Broadband Service in the U.S. is So Awful | KnightComm

    The average U.S. household has to pay an exorbitant amount of money for an Internet connection that the rest of the industrial world would find mediocre. According to a recent report by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, broadband Internet service in the U.S. is not just slower and more expensive than it is in tech-savvy nations such as South Korea and Japan; the U.S. has fallen behind infrastructure-challenged countries such as Portugal and Italy as well.

    The consequences are far worse than having to wait a few extra seconds for a movie to load. Because broadband connections are the railroads of the 21st century—essential infrastructure required to transmit products (these days, in the form of information) from seller to buyer—our creaky Internet makes it harder for U.S. entrepreneurs to compete in global markets….
     
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    Yawn.

    Japan is the size of California and SoKorea is I dunno the size of Massachusetts or something.

    How is that a fair comparison?
     
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    There is only one internet provider? Where do you live?
     
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    Is this about the provider or the infrastructure?
     
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    But we're Americans, Frank. That should be irrelevant, unless you've given up on us!!!
     
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    Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful: Scientific American

    "Here consumers generally have just two choices: the cable company, which sends data through the same lines used to deliver television signals, and the phone company, which uses older telephone lines and hence can only offer slower service.

    The same is not true in Japan, Britain and the rest of the rich world. In such countries, the company that owns the physical infrastructure must sell access to independent providers on a wholesale market. Want high-speed Internet? You can choose from multiple companies, each of which has to compete on price and service. The only exceptions to this policy in the whole of the 32-nation Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development are the U.S., Mexico and the Slovak Republic, although the Slovaks have recently begun to open up their lines."
     
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    Why build a fast network if you have to sell it to your competitors?
     
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    If you sell something, you make money, right? What you would be selling is acess, not the network itself. You're also assuming that the network builder would have to also be a service provider. GM and Ford don't build roads, do they?
     
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    Why force them to unbundle the access and the infrastructure? What is their competitve advantage otherwise?

    Unless...you think networks are a public good...
     
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    Competitive advantage should come from providing a better product or service, not monopolizing the infrastructure. That leads to poor service, not better. Look what happened when ATT was forced to divest. We got a lot more options.
     

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