Why Broadband’s so Goddamn expensive

Or, why it isn’t cheaper. The Mercury News’ Dan Gillmor reports that competition in telecomm, especially broadband internet, hasn’t fully materialized, allowing the incumbent providers — primarily regional Bells — to monopolize and keep rates jacked.

He also notes the impending threats — that your broadband provider might more seriously constrict and restrict the content and data you have access to, either due to contract (say, giving news exclusivity to ABC/Disney) or by threat (pulling the plug on mp3 downloads).

Gillmor’s one of the more inquisitive tech business reporters out there, who’s willing to stick his neck out and ask these questions.






2 responses to “Why Broadband’s so Goddamn expensive”

  1. raymond Avatar

    Man Im so fed up with waiting on dsl to be available to my area(north GA). it is stupid as hell the main road 1/6 of a mile away has had it for years. The damn local phone/cable company (Alltell) stopped offering cable access so I have been waiting for a satalite company to offer anything close to being affordable but seems like any kind of satalite internet prices keep getting jacked up. $600+ to install then $80-$100+ per month that is more than I pay for my phone($40) and dialup($10) and cable($30) bills combined. This sucks I wish someone would come up with somthing affordable for people who live just outside the dsl range!
    There I’ve vented! bye!

  2. MUTTDAWG Avatar


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