The problem is ISPs selling bandwidth they can't provide for too little to attract customers.
Belgium is known for high DSL rates (and download limits !) but frankly, I don't mind. We get our bandwidth, it's super-reliable and we don't get throttled (except for excessive P2Ping on some contracts during peak hours over a period of time). Oh, and they don't sniff our packages nor send copyright notices from what I read.
The fact that we're the size of a needle-pin in comparison to a lot of other countries and the high population density will have something to do with it as well.
EDIT: Perhaps they should give ISPs international ratings.
Give them numbers for Download, upload speeds and reliability. Example: 60 DL / 5 UL Mbps connection would get (completely arbitrary numbers now) a rating like this: ISPR 5/3/2 = ISP Rating (I bet Americans would come up with a better code, they love abbreviations (NSA, CIA, NASA, FBI etc.
) ) 50 - 60 Mbps Download / 3.5-5 Mbps Upload / 99% reliability (aka "2 nines" )
Getting this rating would mean that 99 % of the time they must provide the customer with speeds that are between, or exceed, these values .
(Are you reading this, ISO?
)Edited by Bloitz - 7/30/13 at 5:00am