The answer is "literally no amount of money can upgrade our internet infrastructure". Because right now it isn't a funding problem its a legislation/monopoly problem. It is nearly impossible to get permits to lay fiber on public lands - and it is essentially illegal for competition to enter the market in many municipalities.You want avg speeds in the US to equal Taiwan (85Mbps)... how many TRILLIONS do you have to invest in the infrastructure to support such a system nation wide?
I agree. Also, since average broadband speeds in the US are among the fastest in the world (15th place out of 206 countries going by this data), higher average pricing arguably makes sense. Sure, the average price of broadband may be higher than in 58% of the countries listed, but it's also faster than in 93% of the countries listed. As a result, the cost of Internet in the US actually looks rather good on a cost-per-megabit basis.This is extremely misleading!
A lot of those countries with lower cost are very small and have very low amounts and easy to implement infrastructure to support their broadband. And others like SYRIA, broadband may be the cheapest, but access to such services is virtually non-existent, so of course its cheap, $0 have been invested in infrastructure there.
You want avg speeds in the US to equal Taiwan (85Mbps)... how many TRILLIONS do you have to invest in the infrastructure to support such a system nation wide?
A fair and accurate article would compare the US prices and speeds against countries with similar sized (sq-mileage), similar population, and similar access to services. Bottom line, there are 3 major variables not accounted for in this article!
You can't pay more for something that doesn't exist... Well, I guess you technically can and that actually happens all the time with US ISPs, but you won't actually get what you pay for.if people actually wanted faster internet, they'd pay for it.
I'm not sure if this study is any better, but the SpeedTest results look wrong. The average download speed in the United States is over 130 megabits?The numbers in the speed comparison on their site seem completely baseless. If you compare it to the one on speedtest.net for example, the averages at SpeedTest are 5x+ higher. The SpeedTest averages also strike me as much more accurate.