Why is American internet so slow?

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  1. Ski-Whiz

    Ski-Whiz George Halas Staff Member

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    Here's the summary: The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds!


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    It's the porn....
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    Ski-Whiz George Halas Staff Member

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    So your saying they throttle our internet to limit our porn speed? :D

    Prude Americans!
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    We were also the last country on earth to get HDtv. I blame Cheney.
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    gotta be the porn... though I think I heard Iraq...... is the leader in downloading porn
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    Hell, if it were feasible I'd like to go in on a T1 line with some of the neighbors.
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    You should move to Australia and deal with our internet, absolute garbage.
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    Lack of competition. Most of our ISPs are handled my a handful of companies (Comcast/Time Warner alone control 2/3rds of all households).

    When you have a virtual monopoly on something, then you have no incentive to provide a better service, or for cheaper, because where else are people going to go? (South Park did a great episode on this not too long ago).

    Enter Google Fiber...Fiber Optic internet, 100x faster than cable, and not part of the current media/ISP monopolies. They are going to force ISPs to become more competitive and provide better/faster service, else risk losing customers to Google Fiber. Only problem is, Google has to go city by city and get the Cities approval and help with infrastructure to lay down the fiber wires, so its going to take awhile.
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    All traffic routed through NSA
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    San Antonio's council just approved the Google Fiber contract, so happy, Time Warner is awful, and while AT&T has made huge advancements in their tv/internet it's to expensive for what you get. Dish/Direct TV have priced themselves out imo. Go Google.
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    Ski-Whiz George Halas Staff Member

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    It's ALL about profit margins.

    Outside of the US, it's about service. Customers won't let the companies play games. Here we allow companies to give us shitty service for top dollar.
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    At my previous location, it was 75 TV channels of shit and the top tier internet was 10mb. And, like most ISP's, it's a "best speed".... which when you test it works out to about 2 or 3 mb. It sucked, and it was $175.00 a month. This was on base, so there was exactly ONE provider to choose from. The lack of competition is obvious in both the service and the cost.

    I've now got a package with a total of 350+ channels of TV... landline phone service... and 160mb internet connection at the house I just moved into a month ago. During install, they created a home network so all my wireless things work (printer, tablet, etc...). $125.00 per month, installation/setup of everything was free. And they were running a "campaign" (popular marketing thing in Japan), where for an extra 1000 yen per month (about $10.00) for only six months, they give me a Sony Experia 10" tablet. Which I'm enjoying the hell out of.

    The only problem I have is the Japanese know fuck-all about making a god damn TV/Cable box remote. There is a hard drive, so we can record up to five things at once... but there is no "pause" feature when watching TV (there is when watching TV recordings, but not while watching tv). During install, I was talking to the installation guys and they were absolutely fucking gobsmacked that you could pause non-recordings on-base. And the remotes are clunky... while they function perfectly fine... they are not intuitively designed at all. Oh well... #firstworldproblems.
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    I bet their remotes are only 4 inches long...
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    Now that you mention it... they ARE. But, they slide out to about 7" when you handle them....

    lol... seriously.
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    I believe we're 47th in the world and the lowest in the "western" world. We have no one to blame but ourselves though. Voting in a bloke that makes George W. Bush seem like a genius isn't helping us any.
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    Plus your McDonald's tastes worse than a meatpie! 1 Point to make G.W.B. he lost the popular vote twice and his running mates rolled over for him. Very convenient it all came down to FLA and hanging Chads where Jeb (the unfunny one) was Governor. The second term he had his skull and bones buddy running against him.
    BTW is he as funny as W?:4_15_1[1]:
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    Actually... it was SCOTUS that stopped the final recount.

    And Jeb recused himself from all state election business the moment it became obvious that Florida was in play.
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    ....still there is no denying W was a funny president in a clownish sort of way.


    Even funnier than this guy.........

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