US Internet Speed Is a Joke
Susan Crawford finds lack of a fiber-optic upgrade plan 'embarrassing'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Internet ... so ... slow ... must ... write ... angry ... column.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The real threat to US Internet isn't foreign intervention—it's that it currently sucks. Cable companies have kept access limited, expensive, and relatively slow by global standards, complains Susan Crawford at Wired. Roughly a third of Americans don't have broadband access, and for about 19 million who live in rural areas, it's not available at any price, because cable companies refuse to expand there. The FCC, which is supposed to ensure reasonably-priced communications access for all has "failed in that task," Crawford writes.

"Yet we're moving in the opposite direction," with telecoms focusing on wireless, and refusing government subsidies to service rural areas. Cable companies "face no real competition or pricing pressure," and we still have no national plan to switch to fiber-optic cables. Everyone in America should be able to get fast internet, voice, data, and basic cable for $30 a month, and if private companies won't step up, the government should. "It's embarrassing that one of the most innovative nations in the world can't do this." Read the full column here.

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Dec 14, 2012 10:24 AM CST
You can get faster internet speed, it'll cost you a lot more....Time Warner.
Dec 14, 2012 9:50 AM CST
How much "better" is "more" ?? I was tired of the European charge that US internet and computers were too slow ten years ago! Are you satisfied that now Windows 7 is "out-of-date" because Windows 9 test programs are now available for download ??? Does it make you greedy that every three years you must buy a new computer because the mother board and peripherals can no longer be upgraded so you can log into AOHell ???? How soon will it be that we are hearing "immediatelly is taking too long"?????? The overwhelmig number of computer users only use their computers for internet messages and pictures and for searching the internet for information. With my "other" online computer I have been able to interact with the Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan just fine using Windows XP for both digital and live-time visual communication. And the risk of advancing technological development in computer systems is the implementation of clandestine two-way computer qualities to surveillance computer users without the computer user's knowledge! We really do not know if that has already been effected not just with web-cam technology, but with two-way monitor screen techhology! Anyone who thihks I am beihg facetious has no awareness of current video game technology now being used for current military weapons control and surveillance!
Dec 13, 2012 11:37 PM CST
We are one seriously spoiled society! 20 to 25 yrs. ago we had neither internet nor real cell phones, but now it's not good enough? Reminds me of Homer Simpson, when told a microwave oven could cook an entire buffalo in 5 minutes, "..but I'm hungry now!"