Originally Posted by Solarin
What are these mystical regulations of zen internet distribution you speak of? I would interested in knowing. PostalTwinkie has been giving reasoned, logical and explicit responses based on his first hand experience of actually being part of a large ISP. Your responses have basically amounted to "Nuh uh! According to my general and unsubstantiated statements you are wrong!"
I can't build a fence in my backyard without clearing it with about 4 levels of regulation bureaucracy. I am not the least bit surprised at the rudimentary cost analysis PostalTwinkie used to characterize the costs and red tape involved. There is not always some villainous CEO in a three piece suit counting his money in a backroom to fit with your world view. Sometimes it really just is a matter of something not being cost effective.
Back in the early 90's when the internet was still emerging, The FCC imposed a set of regulation that required all the big ISPs (the ones with the cable in the ground) to sell/rent out their last mile equipment to smaller, competing, local ISPs.
These regulations were intended to keep competition alive and promote innovation on the part of the host ISP. Then Bell/ATT decided they didnt like like these regulations and sued/lobbied to have them removed.
The Number one reason our internet infrastructure is so poor compared to other countries is because of the lack of competiton, especially in rural areas.
Last time i checked, it is regulations just like these that countries like SK and japan still use.
Originally Posted by Boyboyd
It really helps when you have a lot of concurrent users too. I'm on 3Mb/s now and most of my household seems really into video streaming atm. The only time my internet is acceptable is during the night when nobody's using it but me.
I'm surprised the US is in the top 10. They have a huge, strangely distributed population.
This is what im talking about right here. See the little red square on the right hand side of WA? Thats Spokane County. I live in one of the most densely populated areas in the country, and im just ~5 miles outside the city limits. yet because of a lack of competition, complemented by innovation, i am stuck on the lowest teir of DSL that is available. You tell me why that's not a problem.