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Why has the United States fallen behind the rest of the world in accessible and affordable broadband service?
The answer, according to a report [PDF] released by Free Press, the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union, is marketplace failures wrought by phone and cable companiesÃ¢â¬â¢ near monopoly control of last-mile broadband markets.
The 44-page report, Broadband Reality Check II, exposes the truth behind AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s digital decline: A marketplace controlled by the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast has left Americans with higher prices, slower speeds and no meaningful competition for high-speed Internet service.
It exposes the lie behind phone companiesÃ¢â¬â¢ repeated claims that the U.S. has a diverse marketplace, with myriad broadband choices for the consumer.
It decisively skewers the notion Ã¢â¬â put forth by telco executives and their high-paid shills Ã¢â¬â that Ã¢â¬Åfierce competitionÃ¢â¬Â precludes Net Neutrality protections.
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Broadband Reality Check II also finds:
The 14 other OECD [Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development] nations saw higher overall net growth in broadband adoption than the United States from 2001 to 2005.
Consumers in other countries enjoy broadband connections that are far faster and cheaper than what is available here. U.S. consumers pay nearly twice as much as the Japanese for connections that are 20 times as slow.
U.S. broadband prices arenÃ¢â¬â¢t dropping: Cable modem prices are holding constant or rising, and DSL customers on average are getting less bandwidth per dollar than just a year ago.
The market share of Ã¢â¬Åthird platformÃ¢â¬Â alternatives like satellite, wireless and broadband over powerline technologies has actually decreased over the past five years.
The report contradicts the rosy picture painted by the Federal Communications Commission, by exposing the agencyÃ¢â¬â¢s failure to rein in broadband monopolies . . .
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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