Why is broadband so expensive in the US

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  1. whs
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    Why is broadband so expensive in the US


    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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    whs said:
    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.

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    jimbo.
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  3. whs
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    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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  4. mjf
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    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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    Wow, My broadband is 20mb line unlimited downloads for 8 a month in a package, (with HD TV + phone package).
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    Hold onto your seat it's suppose to go up
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    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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    Always love to see the euro/ dollar conversion
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    jimbo45 said:
    whs said:
    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

    Why is broadband so expensive in the US-2013-10-28_1636.png
    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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    ThrashZone said:
    Always love to see the euro/ dollar conversion
    huh?
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