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post #11 of 38
Yea us aussie's are rorted hard interms of our plans and prices.
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Romania is 3rd WORLDWIDE! hehe check speedtest.net
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post #13 of 38
Capitolism FTW
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The way the thing seems to be going on, We are lagging behind a lot.

I am sure we have the technology to go 50mbps, if not higher I am sure.
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post #15 of 38
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Originally Posted by Melcar View Post
You really don't want the government running more things than necessary. In a small, pseudo socialist State maybe, but not in a country like the U.S. What could work is if the government provided/enforced some form of basic connectivity, and leave the bigger stuff to private firms.
True, however it does work very well for power companies.

Not to mention that something really has to be done via government intervention, I don't care about speed, 5mbps down is fine by me, its just the fact that they have to jackup rates for installing more line to remote area's. Perhaps incentives for putting in more line. Then when thats done, reduce the rates (as they don't need to spend massive amounts to add more line.)
    
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post #16 of 38
Wow. This site is behind the times, reporting on findings from 2006. I know for a fact that other sites have been linked to on here abou this.

Really, with the size of the U.S., expecting even faster speeds would be naive.
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The only ISP in our small town offers 6mb within town limits... and outside of that it's like 512kb DSL. I pay $150+ a month for subpar cable television (the image quality is terrible), a telephone line that I don't use (I had to get it to get ANY of their other services), and a 6mb internet connection.

However, they don't block bittorrent
    
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At Georgia Tech, I my download speed is in the range of 56 Mb to 90 Mb a sec. I tend to check it every so often just because. : )
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post #19 of 38
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Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
It is due to the fact that the government here doesn't run it, like it works in other countries.

We should probably run it more like electricity, where it is heavily regulated, and rates are determined by the operating costs + desired profits = rates.
Huh...? Isn't that how everything is priced? Unless you mean the government regulates operating costs.
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post #20 of 38
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Huh...? Isn't that how everything is priced? Unless you mean the government regulates operating costs.
After they determine their rates, it is submitted to a committee, and determined if it is ok.

If they make too much, they have to I think credit the customers accounts.

Since there is zero competition, the government setup the system, and also to make sure no one competes either.

I don't know how the system currently is, can you get say Comcast cable, in the middle of another cable companies area? Or are the strictly cut up into zones with 1 cable company in each?
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