Originally Posted by SgtSpike
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...
Originally Posted by Skripka
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!
Then there is WiMax
(I know this is available through Clear)
Clear's WiMax availability map (Clear)
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 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 as "a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL".
(I'm pretty sure this include either 3G or 4G wifi)
Then there is Comcast's XFinity
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