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Windows 7: Why is broadband so expensive in the US

28 Oct 2013   #1
whs
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Why is broadband so expensive in the US

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For instance, at high speeds of 45 Mbps and over, the OECD report has the US ranked 30th out of 33 countries, with an average price of $90 a month. With phone and TV thrown in, plus some premium channels, these packages often cost $200.
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28 Oct 2013   #2

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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For instance, at high speeds of 45 Mbps and over, the OECD report has the US ranked 30th out of 33 countries, with an average price of $90 a month. With phone and TV thrown in, plus some premium channels, these packages often cost $200.
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Hi there
I think I "Pipp'ed" you to it -- I posted this in the W8 Forums.

What bugs me even more is that Caps are ridiculously low in the US whereas in Europe services are essentially uncapped -- no point capping broadband once you start streaming or downloading full HP quality (1080p) movies - or better - just think of what happens when 4K video quality appears (next generation - post HD) --you'll have swallowed up your monthly allowance in 10 mins of movie download .

This is where consumers made an error -- for my part I'd rather take a 4MB /s internet speed with UNLIMITED downloads than 30 GB with say a typical 130 GB Cap limit per month. The consumers seemed to go for the higher speed -- but what's the point if IT'S CAPPED.

Even when I'm in the UK -- not the cheapest place on the planet - I get UNCAPPED from SKY at reasonable fibre optic download -- FREE for 6 mths - and that includes phone calls -- and I can get the WHOLE SKY TV kybosh - Movie channels, sport and every other thing you can think of for 78 GBP a month ( approx. 85 EUR / 110 USD) - and a lot cheaper if I cut out the Sex channels, Movie channels etc and just take the basic TV with a few channels like discovery plus the Sports channels (which is basically just what I actually want).

I'm still on a gig in the UK (as well as with other clients in Continental Europe so travel between apartments in Brussels, Manchester and Paris a lot) for another year or so --the SKY package makes a lot of sense and --Virgin and other operators I believe also offer similar decent monthly packages too.

No way anything like 200 USD a month - and this is in Manchester UK - not as expensive as say London but certainly not the cheapest place in a not very cheap country either.

Cheers
jimbo.
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28 Oct 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sorry, I did not see your post on the eightforums. In the US I pay $40 for DSL and in Germany I pay 16 Euros (appr. $20) for a DSL that is 4 times as fast as my US line. Go figure. And since I have no mobile phone and only basic cable (for the wife), there is nothing I can save in the US.

Off and on I get calls in the US where they want to sell me a DSL and cable package. When I tell them that I am looking for a package similar to the one I have in Germany at $40 for DSL 6000 plus 250 cable channels where more than half of them are commercial free, then they give up and I have a good laugh.
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28 Oct 2013   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I'm with Telstra / Bigpond (Australia) I get ~ 7Mbps download and .3Mbps upload (basic ADSL these figures are bits not bytes) and 25GByte per month cap. It costs me A$40 per month. This is only after discounts from other services!
BTW I'm in a suburb of a capital city and not in some remote area. Based on the International figures this doesn't look a good deal but I don't think there are better options.
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28 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Wow, My broadband is 20mb line unlimited downloads for £8 a month in a package, (with HD TV + phone package).
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28 Oct 2013   #6

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Hold onto your seat it's suppose to go up
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28 Oct 2013   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i don't think the chart is accurate, London shows approx $40 for less than 20mb

i have 160mb for £25 which is basically $40
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28 Oct 2013   #8

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Always love to see the euro/ dollar conversion
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28 Oct 2013   #9

Win7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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For instance, at high speeds of 45 Mbps and over, the OECD report has the US ranked 30th out of 33 countries, with an average price of $90 a month. With phone and TV thrown in, plus some premium channels, these packages often cost $200.
Source

Attachment 291473
Hi there
I think I "Pipp'ed" you to it -- I posted this in the W8 Forums.

What bugs me even more is that Caps are ridiculously low in the US whereas in Europe services are essentially uncapped -- no point capping broadband once you start streaming or downloading full HP quality (1080p) movies - or better - just think of what happens when 4K video quality appears (next generation - post HD) --you'll have swallowed up your monthly allowance in 10 mins of movie download .

This is where consumers made an error -- for my part I'd rather take a 4MB /s internet speed with UNLIMITED downloads than 30 GB with say a typical 130 GB Cap limit per month. The consumers seemed to go for the higher speed -- but what's the point if IT'S CAPPED.

Even when I'm in the UK -- not the cheapest place on the planet - I get UNCAPPED from SKY at reasonable fibre optic download -- FREE for 6 mths - and that includes phone calls -- and I can get the WHOLE SKY TV kybosh - Movie channels, sport and every other thing you can think of for 78 GBP a month ( approx. 85 EUR / 110 USD) - and a lot cheaper if I cut out the Sex channels, Movie channels etc and just take the basic TV with a few channels like discovery plus the Sports channels (which is basically just what I actually want).

I'm still on a gig in the UK (as well as with other clients in Continental Europe so travel between apartments in Brussels, Manchester and Paris a lot) for another year or so --the SKY package makes a lot of sense and --Virgin and other operators I believe also offer similar decent monthly packages too.

No way anything like 200 USD a month - and this is in Manchester UK - not as expensive as say London but certainly not the cheapest place in a not very cheap country either.

Cheers
jimbo.
Bingo!
And this is why I have Verizon DSL. 3Mb/sec down, 768kb/sec up, for $23 a month added to my landline bill, and it's uncapped.

The only other broadband deal in my town is Comcast cable. They want $49 a month for the same speed, they can raise the price after six months, it's capped at 250GB total traffic (=up AND down) per month, and that price is in addition to cable TV fees! I don't even think you can order it without subscribing to cable TV, so that would leave me out.
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29 Oct 2013   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

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Always love to see the euro/ dollar conversion
huh?
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