Originally Posted by LuminatX
I read the OP thank you very much.
It's all a bunch of conspiracy bs.
I can assure you that it isn't a conspiracy. Major fiber providers are constantly squabbling over their Peering Agreements and it causes issues with the entire country and for millions of people. If you have guys like Charter, Comcast, Level 3, and Hurricane fighting over who is giving what to who at a major Data Center, like the Seattle Internet Exchange, it doesn't take much more than a phone call from an executive to a tech to completely throttle a hand-off.
You can have Google Fiber, but if you have to route through a hand-off that is being fought about, your connection can hit the ground flat.
Business is business, and business is about who you know. The Internet is no different than any other business! It doesn't matter if it is bandwidth or hardware, if you know the right people you will get a much much better deal!
I just ordered new hardware for my company the other day, because of the people I know and the business relationships formed with the various companies and distributors I was able to take a normal quote and get it beat by nearly 50%. Why? Simply because of who I know and who I have business dealings with.....