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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Apr 10, 2012, 09:20 AM

3. It's not unlike health care. We pay more for less.

And the difference goes in to the pockets of ALEC-supporters like
AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, who fund politicians who make sure that
we'll always get more of the same:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Corporations

I saw comparisons of the quality of service on Counterpunch, but
this Alternet article came up higher:

http://www.alternet.org/story/148397/how_the_phone_companies_are_screwing_america%3A_the_$320_billion_broadband_rip-off?page=entire

Since 1991, the telecom companies have pocketed an estimated $320 billion --- that's about $3,000 per household.

This is a conservative estimate of the wide-scale plunder that includes monies garnered from hidden rate hikes, depreciation allowances, write-offs and other schemes. Ironically, in 2009, the FCC's National Broadband plan claimed it will cost about $350 billion to fully upgrade America's infrastructure.

The principal consequence of the great broadband con is not only that Americans are stuck with an inferior and overpriced communications system, but the nation's global economic competitiveness has been undermined.

In a June 2010 report, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ranked the U.S. 15th on broadband subscribers with 24.6 percent penetration; the consulting group, Strategy Analytics, is even more pessimistic, ranking the U.S. 20th with a "broadband" penetration rate of 67 percent compared to South Korea (95 percent), Netherlands (85 percent) and Canada (76 percent). Making matters worse, Strategy Analytics projects the U.S. ranking falling to 23rd by year-end 2010.


The article suggests that too many politicians are being paid too much cash by too many lobbyists to have any concern at all for their constituents' phone bills.

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