A new study confirms what you might have expected: US customers are getting hosed when it comes to broadband speeds and prices.
The annoying trend holds true in both wired and wireless service. In the Cost of Connectivity 2013 report being released today by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, researchers note that “in larger US cities, we continue to observe higher prices for slower speeds. â€¦ In the US for example, the best deal for a 150Mbps home broadband connection from cable and phone companies is $130/month, offered by Verizon FiOS in limited parts of New York City. By contrast, the international cities we surveyed offer comparable speeds for $77 or less per month, with most coming in at about $50/month. When it comes to mobile broadband, the cheapest price for around 2GB of data in the US ($30/month from T-Mobile) is twice as much as what users in London pay ($15/month from T-Mobile). It costs more to purchase 2GB of data in a US city than it does in any of the cities surveyed in Europe.”
Much more, with revealing charts, at the link.
I don’t even want to admit to what “high speed” fiber internet costs here in rural, Fairlee, Vermont. We have two choices (Topsham, or Fairpoint) and they both charge around $50 per month for 10mbps up and download.
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