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Infrastructure cost money.

Someone wins, regardless of what you think about thier prices (yes they are high). Verizon is actively improving their infrastructure. No other carrier is doing this. Look at what At&t just did, they spent 780 million on alltell wireless. ALLTELL!! they said they did if for the bands of 700mhz 800mhz and 1900mhz CDMA. Their network doesn't even use CDMA. While AT&T is doing that Verizon is adding more and more small rural areas to their list of LTE supported areas. Sprint is dumb and doesn't count, maybe the buyout or whatever can help them out.

TL:DR Verizon is really the only carrier actively working on their infrastructure instead of goofing off. Want the speed? You gonna pay.
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water is limited though..

internet is technically "unlimited" except for the energy that goes into maintaining it
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Answer? Greed. Over-charging. No regulations on capping the profitability of what is actually a utility. IT's like broadband or natural gas. They're allowed to screw their customers at any corner.


This. Working for AT&T lord knows just how much I've seen personally that we've stuck to customers.
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Someone wins, regardless of what you think about thier prices (yes they are high). Verizon is actively improving their infrastructure. No other carrier is doing this. Look at what At&t just did, they spent 780 million on alltell wireless. ALLTELL!! they said they did if for the bands of 700mhz 800mhz and 1900mhz CDMA. Their network doesn't even use CDMA. While AT&T is doing that Verizon is adding more and more small rural areas to their list of LTE supported areas. Sprint is dumb and doesn't count, maybe the buyout or whatever can help them out.

TL:DR Verizon is really the only carrier actively working on their infrastructure instead of goofing off. Want the speed? You gonna pay.

I would very much disagree with your statement about Sprint. Sprint has been VERY busy putting up LTE towers all across the nation and the speeds are amazingly fast! I have seen speeds up around 10mb/s. I will say though, Sprint's 3G is sluggish and inconsistent at times.
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Don't like how expensive it is? Then buy the cheapest plan available and eventually the more consistent providers will drop their prices to compete. If there isn't anything cheap enough for you then just wait for a company to undercut their competition's prices. As long as there aren't underhand tricks to stifle competition, capitalism will work itself out eventually thumb.gif

It would be nice though if congress stopped arguing about gun laws (waste of time IMHO) and started working on a law to restrict pricing of internet service. Didn't the UN declare it to be a basic human right or something? That'd get me cheap 4G LTE a lot quicker biggrin.gif
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Don't like how expensive it is? Then buy the cheapest plan available and eventually the more consistent providers will drop their prices to compete. If there isn't anything cheap enough for you then just wait for a company to undercut their competition's prices. As long as there aren't underhand tricks to stifle competition, capitalism will work itself out eventually thumb.gif


Network providing is a natural monopoly and is currently an oligopoly. Your assumptions don't apply since the supplier sets prices.
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this sucks. i know for a fact that US folks pay much more for their cellular bills than people in the EU for example. i really hate having to constantly watch my data usage. and $20 for 300MB is gouging.
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After switching to Verizon from Sprint, all I have to say that it takes a lot of effort to use more than 1gb of data.
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On the contrary, the internet and mobile data are arguably used far more than heat or water. I'd say those are probably the two largest utilities (aside from electricity, of course) in the world now.

Once society needs something as a basic part of living, it's considered a utility. You could argue that we could all use land-lines, fax machines, and photocopiers, but again, those are no longer standards. Cell usage is used by business people, parents, teachers, couples...the internet is used by... well, just about everyone.

You might be able to make that argument about internet in general, but not cell phone internet. Nobody "needs" cell phone internet... and for the people that "need" it for their jobs, the expense isn't much compared to other business expenses like travel.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but smart phones and home itnernet connections are not required for surviving day to day life, I've done it when i was poor and MANY people around the world live completly internet and smartphone free, These things are luxury items, They can charge as they see fit imo
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