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 centuryessential infrastructure required to transmit products (these days, in the form of information) from seller to buyerour creaky Internet makes it harder for U.S. entrepreneurs to compete in global markets .