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The Internet in Kazakhstan: welcome to the land of $3,355 per month DSL

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Consider the prices for Internet access, for one. Most users (and only four percent of the country even has access) hook up through state-owned Kazakhtelecom, a company not concerned with competitive pricing for its services. An unlimited dial-up plan costs about €82 ($111) in a country where the average monthly wage is €292 ($399). As for DSL, an unlimited 1.5Mbps connection costs €2,458 ($3,355) a month, and doesn't even included the required ADSL modem. Want a 6Mbps cable connection? It'll cost you, to the tune of €16,144 ($22,032) a month. As the OSCE report drily notes, this is more than a thousand times the price of such a connection in Western Europe.
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Getting a connection is only the first step, though. Internet policy decisions—such as canceling domain name registrations—can seem a bit, well, arbitrary. Borat.kz, a domain registered by UK comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, was summarily shut down by the Association of a IT Companies in December 2005. The reason: "We've done this so he can't badmouth Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name," the head of the association told Reuters. "He can go and do whatever he wants at other domains."
[Source: Ars Technica]
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That's crazy. There's no way that company is going to get enough users to stay afloat
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$22,000 a month for cable.


Edit: rabidgnome, the company is run by the government.
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My name-a Borat! I pay 22,000 dollars to make my own pleasure to Pamerla Anderson!

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I'd rather rent a ferrari
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I'd rather rent a ferrari
You could afford to buy a Ferrari at $3 grand a month.
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I was sure this was a Borat theme......until I read it. Wow. Where can I invest in such an ethical company?
    
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You could afford to buy a Ferrari at $3 grand a month.
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No wonder why you don't find WoW or CS players from Kazakhstan.
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I was sure this was a Borat theme......until I read it. Wow. Where can I invest in such an ethical company?

look at my post up there...

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