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Government To Be Blamed for Slow Connection Speed

Government To Be Blamed for Slow Connection Speed

Added: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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The article on Engadget explains what can possibly be the reason why the United States has such slow connections in some parts of the country.


Indeed, according to the article, lots of Europeans are paying less for faster broadband connections than American subscribers on average. And the reason for this trend is simple: the government.

A similar situation with the connection speeds was in the United Kingdom – poorer quality services, little competition, and high costs. However, it was only so until the government took the decision to force the incumbent industries to take part in “local loop unbundling” and push competition in to the Internet market, which allowed broadband speeds to rise and costs to fall.

The article in question also points out one of the most widespread reasons that broadband providers won’t allow users to have faster and better Internet speeds – the land mass excuse. However, the size of the United States may be just a red herring. In fact, most of the region between Boston and Washington, as well as the California coast between San Francisco and San Diego, are as densely populated as most of Europe, including the UK. All those areas are home to about 1/4 of all the US citizens, which means that the US is really a big country, but a lot of the country is relatively empty space.

So, the industry experts are sure that the argument that the country is too spread out is nonsense. In reality, the Verizon’s and AT&T’s opposition to competition at home is caused by their fears to lose. AT&T claims it supports competition, but warns that it can’t develop “one-size fits all” regulatory system to implement it everywhere. The excuse the company mentions is that more American homes have the option of buying broadband service from cable companies than British ones.

However, the researches carried out in the United Kingdom suggested otherwise, revealing that lots of homes in London have cable access, but its prices have fallen alongside that of DSL service. Worse still, the situation is absolutely the same in Canada, where 130kbps download speed and 60kbps upload speed for over $70 may be the norm. Meanwhile, by European standards, that’s almost unacceptable. At the same time, the governments of US and Canada are supposed to encourage competition on the market, but they just won’t.

July 12th,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-07-12 13:36:54)
Raptor5 avatarThe Government F*ck everything up, they cant even govern themselves never mind the PEOPLE they are supposed to be (and I add the term loosely) working for. We the PEOPLE vote these freeloaders in to look after OUR interests WORK for US, most do nothing but gather a fat wage and a massive pension at the end of their spell in government. Not one of them can be trusted as far as you could throw the fat greedy b*stards.

posted by (2011-07-12 13:48:45)
mbmtlqcca avatarBeing from Quebec, Canada, I can tell you that some ISP are still giving you a "Good Deal", that is compared to the Big Player (namely Bell Canada (DSL & Fiber) and Videotron (cable), what you can get is 5Mbps down (restricted by Bell Canada to lesser ISP's) and up to 800 Kbps up AND NO CAPS. The two big ones have caps so ridiculously low, that the President of Bell Canada admitted to shareholders that a major part of the internet division revenues came from overage!!! Even with 100 GB/mo, if you get any type of subscription with a content provider (Netflicks, etc) you're going to bust your caps every month, and they're going to be laughing at you all the way to the bank!!!

posted by (2011-07-12 15:16:04)
No avatarya sure the Government may be to blame, but its mostly do to greed. back in around 2000 the FCC told bell telephone inc that by 2005 they want to see nation wide BB, or you will get fined. well the time came around and it never happened. they got find but....the fine was not great enough to hurt there billions of dollars. at&t, charter, Verizon, sprint, Comcast, cricket just to name a few. have all gotten to big and charge way to much for the speeds and caps to residential BB.*reason for including the mobile BB providers is because they are alternatives now*... now business BB on the other hand is cheap......no caps......and fast! business pay a bit more than we do but instead of paying $99 a month for like 60meg......they pay $200 a month for 3gigs. $100 more for a fiber line with no cap....and the speeds are way higher. *on another note ive been told that dish and direct TV only charge business $10 a month for the same stuff we pay $200 a month for* so you tell me greed or not greed? its the RICH .VS the POOR that's the problem.

posted by Blocked (2011-07-12 15:46:29)

posted by (2011-07-12 17:08:54)
bredsat avatarEU isn not much of a difference lol
I pay around 25$ for a 20 mega connection but in the end all is cut till 10 mega sometime with high usage I also go down till 5 mega
so the providers say they giving you 20 mega and in the end you end up with 1/2 the amount you paying for

posted by (2011-07-12 19:04:36)
rayyanrose avatarhehehe
talked about US and EU
but i Asia
especially in Pakistan we pay only US $ 15 for 10 Mega PTCl
and its 10 Mega and wateen tele US $ 13 for same and its wireless also usb for free no connection charges and free every thing
and lowest of 10 mega in Pakistan is US $ 8
they gives wat they said
and for students for free internet and smart tv freeeeee
lucky us

posted by (2011-07-12 19:06:10)
rayyanrose avatarupload speed is 200kbps

posted by (2011-07-12 19:43:15)
Brynn217 avatarSeems that on the Eastcoast here in Baltimore, Md. USA I subscribe to verizon.. They promise 5M down and 800up.. but that is not what I get... unless you consider 500k down they same as 5M down.... which is the max I get off of Utorrent... however, when I do exceed 500k down, I get throttled almost immedately to 1/10 of that speed until I manually reset my router... I believe they are charging me $39.95 USD for this mess as well...

I've already reported the speed issue with verizon, and they seem to think that 500k is the same as 5M... the guy didnt even question it... he went to his speed check website and did his little tests and basically considered any speed over 250k to be good... Thats when I turned on Utorrent in the background and told him to test it again... He did not know what throttling was, even after I explained to him the problem was being caused by his company... He said he would send the problem upstairs but for some odd reason I never got a call back...

posted by (2011-07-12 19:53:29)
Newtype avatarIt's the same thing in Canada. I'm paying a huge price for an Internet that is much slower than in some third-world countries and I have a monthly bandwidth limit on top of that!

posted by (2011-07-12 21:24:33)
No avatarOMG Somebody are making huge money. Here in Denmark you can get 100m down and 10m up UNLIMITED for around 40 us dollar

posted by (2011-07-12 21:30:47)
No avatarI feel lucky with my ISP speed reading all this. In Ireland I get 25mb down and 2.5mb up with UPC for 35 euro per month. If I pay an extra 5 euro I get get my download speed doubled to 50mb for 40 euro per month! NO CAPS on usage either!

posted by Blocked (2011-07-12 22:26:20)
menahunie avatarThe real problem is the networks are out dated and oversold by the ISP's; Government really has little to do with it.
They never upgraded the networks and kept pocketing the billions in profits. The slow speeds is the same as too many cars on an old highway. going no where fast. Except the ISP's for years sold access as unlimited and now it isn't really unlimited due to their twisted definition as to what unlimited is.
The problem as I have seen in the comments like 5mbps per second down and they don't get it is what really happening is this. The ISP's state UP TO 5mbps down speed; so you only get less than that? Then the ISP will tell you that is what your going to get period. You only get 150kbps down out of a 5mbps down package.. Then the ISP is covered legally and there is nothing you can do except try and find another ISP..
I was with beep beep azholes until they really tried to screw me and I left them. I went ADSL+ and have not looked back since. I currently get 21mbps down and I don't share bandwidth like you have to do with a cable ISP.. Oh and I am locked into lifetime monthly as long as I am never late/cutoff for non payment of 42.00 per month... NO DATA CAPS EITHER.. 2mbps up...

posted by (2011-07-13 09:24:45)
No avatarCome to Australia then & witness how far we are behind the US & Europe.

posted by (2011-07-13 12:27:47)
No avatarI agree with spawn2002 if u come to aus the slowest speed aus has to offer is 64k peak down load speed of a fast 10kb/s and the fastest is our adsl2+ 24mb with a download speed of 1.5mb to 2mb and some of our prices are up to 100 bucks a month. im paying 70 bucks a month for unlimited 8mb with a peak speed of 800kb/s

posted by (2011-07-13 20:05:16)
madwiggyNLD avatardamn i feel with you all . just sad how they controle it . and pay much for a connection that isnt even good lol.
im dutch i pay 30EURO for 30Mb/s and if i dubble it i get 120Mb/s . can you see the difference between you and me

posted by (2011-07-14 20:29:28)
Dare_Bear23 avatarUK DSL broadband is absolute rubbish, it depends on where you live because if you live to far away from your exchange(2 miles for exmaple) then DSL just loses signal and even if you pay for say 24mb/s, you only get around 4 - 5mb/s if you're lucky, but they only guarantee around 1 - 2mb/s. Its ridiculous.

The best provider in the UK in my opinion is Virgin, and thats because they are Fibre Optic which isn't available in quite a few areas, they say they aren't expanding due to cost at the moment, but with Virgin you get what you pay for in most cases.

A couple of people have mentioned about ISP's saying 5Mb is roughly the same as 500KB thats because it is roughly the same, the bit to Byte ratio is 8bits to 1Byte, this is important to remember, the lower case 'b' indicates bits and the capital 'B' indicates Bytes, sorry if people already know this. Im with TalkTalk and i get around 3.80Mb/s and that is around 440KB/s and thats on a good day, bearing in mind we pay for 8Mb/s, so in reality we aren't even getting half.

Another problem in the UK is there are to many people online due to downloading becoming more popular and gaming etc, the ISP's and the network cant cope with it, the ISP just gets clogged up and slows down.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-07-14 21:56:20)
fusseltier avatarmy isp in switzerland was the best, i got the connection i paid for.
it was always full speed unless the source of the download couldn't send it fast enough, also, in switzerland, their prices were the best i ever saw for internet.
you could get a "data line" using adsl2 up to 20mbps with VoIP for like 60 dollars.
i didnt need that so i kept my 6mbps, that was 5.5m down, 500k up.
worked perfect for years, but then i moved to a country i can only get WiMax 500k now.
boo hoo. but i'm lucky to have that since there are no landlines or cable here. only satellite tv, cell phones and WiMax.

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