Why US Internet access is slow, costly & unfair (video)

Chris has written a lot about how Internet access in Europe is so much faster, and cheaper, than what we pay in the US.  A big part of the reason is that they have a lot more competition in Europe.  It’s routine, in Europe, to get a broadband, phone, and cable TV package that starts at around $40 a month.  And the phone package of course has unlimited calls domestically, and a lot of free calls internationally as well.

From Bill Moyers:

Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology and innovation, and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest — rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition. As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.

“The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we’re creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality,” Crawford tells Bill.

Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.


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  • Sandra Taramtamtam

    Maybe ur conection is slow but come to my hometown and u will realy know what “slow” means. :) http://cityapartmentsforrent.info/en/Croatia/city/?cid=910272/zagreb/

  • TuxedoCartman

    If population density and geographic size had anything to do with the problem, then services and prices would be much, much better in areas like New England and Southern California. They’re not.

  • lilyannerose

    While a lot of this is simple truth, however, there is also the fact that part of the problem is how much these companies are paying to broadcast sports It’s absolutely ridiculous. I’m not a sports person, I don’t allow sports on my television yet I have to bear the cost of those who park their behinds on the couch and view hours and hours of the stuff.

  • Sweetie

    “The rich are getting gouged…”

    Somehow I have to wonder if that statement is ever true. But, I will pretend to be concerned for the rich real soon now.

  • Houndentenor

    The same is true of cell phones and cable tv. In the late 90s when Congress passed the telecom act we were told we’d get better service for lower prices. I didn’t believe it for a second and I was right. We pay a lot more now for crap. But nothing is going to change because we have a system that allows corporations (who are PEOPLE! grrr) to bribe public officials. Congress isn’t going to fix this because they are bought and paid for.

  • guest1

    Well well another example of big government stifling competition for the 1%. I happen to think population density matters too, European counties are much small than the US.

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