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I just went to the stone age. Time Warner East Carolinas only runs on docsis 1.0. Top tier roadrunner sucked, so does basic. Although I got a bigger initial speed burst with the top tier; it only lasts a second or two. 480 P youtube videos are a nogo; and 360p are barely watchable.
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What. How is billions that were supposed to go to infrastructure NOT relevant? Fiber has been around awhile and I'm pretty sure all the "main" lines are fiber and then copper to the house excluding FIOS so it's mainly the equipment at the end of the line that has to be upgraded. Even if that was irrelevant and all lines were in fact replaced then we sure missed a big stepping stone that was pissed away on Bentleys and cigars. I'm sure they still get those huge tax breaks, too.
Regardless of what happened in the 90's, I still challenge anyone to find a country with cheaper/faster internet that has a lower population/sq mile than the US.
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Regardless of what happened in the 90's, I still challenge anyone to find a country with cheaper/faster internet that has a lower population/sq mile than the US.
Even in fairly densely populated cities US internet sucks. I'm in my state capitol-and the best there is is 6megabit. I'm not sure, as Verizon et al don't like admitting how poor there speed is, but the nearest place with FiOS or anything faster than 10megabit DSL is Chicago or Denver.
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Regardless of what happened in the 90's, I still challenge anyone to find a country with cheaper/faster internet that has a lower population/sq mile than the US.
I guess that's why the FCC cleared wifi for data caps, overages, throttling, and whatever abuse the ISPs deem necessary, knowing that those on the outskirts of major cities will need to pay more for coverage, even if it's all messed up...

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Even in fairly densely populated cities US internet sucks. I'm in my state capitol-and the best there is is 6megabit. I'm not sure, as Verizon et al don't like admitting how poor there speed is, but the nearest place with FiOS or anything faster than 10megabit DSL is Chicago or Denver.
Yeah, that's a problem, and that would suck, truly...

Maybe we can get fiber optic nationwide, like the phone lines in our city now...

Current Verizon Wireless FIOS Network Availability Map (Google)

AT&T U-verse (Fiber Optic) availability Map (Google)

Wow, that's not even like 1/100th of the country, with AT&T and Verzion Wireless Combined! Sheeze!

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Then there is WiMax (I know this is available through Clear)

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WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a telecommunications protocol that provides fixed and mobile Internet access. The current WiMAX revision provides up to 40 Mbit/s[1][2] with the IEEE 802.16m update expected to offer up to 1 Gbit/s fixed speeds. The name "WiMAX" was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability of the standard. The forum describes WiMAX[3] as "a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL".[4]
Clear's WiMax availability map (Clear) (I'm pretty sure this include either 3G or 4G wifi)

Then there is Comcast's XFinity Wifi..
Comcast Coverage Map 3G & 4G Wifi(Comcast) You will have to click on the Comcast Coverage Map Link to pull up the map on the Comcast website.. From the looks of it, Comcast has a pretty large coverage of Wifi, compared to say Clearwire WiMax, by far too!

The power of Wifi vs wired is you can provide more coverage to outskirts of cities, you may notice that in many areas in the USA there is no internet at all! But if you go with a smaller company like Clearwire that service completely drops off as you leave the city. (Even just 5-10 miles away!)

I hope all of America gets online eventually, and it would be great to talk with family from home towns which are no even close to any Internet Providers.
Edited by _GTech - 3/23/11 at 10:54pm
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At&T is decent if you go to their higher tiers. Last bill I got was 35 bucks IIRC and we've been with AT&T for a while now thy're better than comcast by far. Their Uverse package is good especially if you bundle it. IMO of course lol
I posted my speeds on last pages. I don't even live in the state capital I'm in the suburbs of a low population sprawling city
     
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At&T is decent if you go to their higher tiers. Last bill I got was 35 bucks IIRC and we've been with AT&T for a while now thy're better than comcast by far. Their Uverse package is good especially if you bundle it. IMO of course lol
I posted my speeds on last pages. I don't even live in the state capital I'm in the suburbs of a low population sprawling city
AT&T plans to implement data caps & overages mate...

So you may have lightning fast speeds, but they aim to make it costly to use it.
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more than half of the US senate think that the internet is a series of tubes
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more than half of the US senate think that the internet is a series of tubes
Wow and I thought I was a bigoted..
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We wouldn't have 50mbps cable connections if it wasn't for spending on infrastructure.

And is what happened in the 90's really even relevant anymore? Are we even still using any infrastructure from that time?
Isn't the Internet one of those infrastructures from the 90's?
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Regardless of what happened in the 90's, I still challenge anyone to find a country with cheaper/faster internet that has a lower population/sq mile than the US.
Population density is misleading, since it includes places nobody lives like the Mojave desert, Rocky Mountains, and South Dakota.

The Eastern Seaboard of the US has roughly the same population density as South Korea, yet South Koreans get 100Mbit internet for $30/month.
    
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