The Past and Future of High-Speed Fiber Optic Broadband Internet in Cleveland
Story excerpt provided by Cleveland Scene.
Posted by Kyle Wiggers.
Compared to other nations, the speed and expense of broadband internet in the US isn’t anything to write home about.
Ookla, a web metrics company, currently pegs America at 31st and 46th respectively in terms of average download speed and upload speed, behind countries like Estonia and Lichtenstein. The United States also has the dubious distinction of being one of the few nations with an abundance of bandwidth (i.e., the capacity to stream videos, download files, and surf the web) but sky-high prices for service. A particularly egregious factoid: As recently as 2012, U.S. subscribers to internet triple-play bundles – phone, cable TV, and internet – paid four times as much as French subscribers for 1/10th of the network speed.
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Originally published August 15, 2014.
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