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  •  it isn't just rural areas (17+ / 0-)

    that suffer from telecom neglect.  I live in Baltimore city, where the wires still run overhead down the rear property lines.  The fastest internet we can get over the old overhead lines is just under 3mbps, when the wind isn't blowing too hard.   Verizon will never upgrade those lines, it's too expensive to upgrade infrastructure.  Fiber has not come into the city yet, it stopped at the county line 1/2 mile from my house.  I guess as far as they are concerned, there is not enough money to be made in the city and they'd rather leave us to die on the vine and milk the suburbs harder.

    My house isn't drilled for cable, but I looked at Comcast's pricing model for internet - it starts off on a par with Verizon, but if you look at the terms and conditions it basically says after the first term of the contract we can raise it to whatever we want to raise it to, and you know they will.

    I don't know how anyone thinks the US will continue to be an economic power if we have third world internet.

    •  Verizon fiber optic coverage (4+ / 0-)
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      elfling, JeffW, Ice Blue, MrJersey

      only comes where they receive gubmint subsidies to sling it. I live in an area of upstate NY where they were paid to run fiber. They have both systems running right next to each other here. I still use the old copper system because it works when the power goes out. The fiber optic phone service has a four hour battery back up they put in your house. We loose power for a few days at a time on a regular basis. They are trying all kinds of promos to get people to switch over. If you require fast broadband it is worth it. Otherwise, not so much.

    •  Comcast (2+ / 0-)
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      Cassandra Waites, ladyjames

      Good luck getting them to tell you the true pricing structure after all the introductory rates disappear after 6 or 12 months (before you sign up).  I keep signing up and canceling because the rate more than doubles after a period of time for internet.  I even told the representative on the phone this last time, "It is silly that we have to do this stupid dance every six months.  I call and cancel and then just resign up a little later for the cheap price."  It really boggles the mind.  It is getting cheaper and cheaper to provide internet service, but the prices are going up and up....thus creating even larger margins for them.   Last time, my bill went from the starting $29.99/month to $75/month just for internet.

      "It looks like how music sounds." --My four year old nephew upon looking through a kaleidoscope for the first time

      by Mote Dai on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:51:54 AM PDT

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      •  High-speed Internet in Britain is fairly cheap (2+ / 0-)
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        Mote Dai, elfling

        at about $10/month.

        •  Yep, I know (1+ / 0-)
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          Brown Thrasher

          I have some friends in Europe and I am amazed at how cheap internet and television is for them.  Even cell phone plans are much cheaper...and I love the ability to just go buy a sim-card and you are good to go.

          "It looks like how music sounds." --My four year old nephew upon looking through a kaleidoscope for the first time

          by Mote Dai on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 02:01:56 PM PDT

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