The recent FCC ruling that will preserve net neutrality for the time being has revived attention to a NY times article that purports to explain why Americans generally pay more for slower internet service than customers in other technologically advanced nations.
Despite all the whining from providers who claim that the only way for us to see faster service is to allow providers to extort bigger fees by selectively choking download speeds, customers in other nations often get faster connections for less money with neutrality protected.
How do they do it? Other governments have introduced what essentially amounts to the same scheme imposed on telephone service providers in the U.S. Owners of the infrastructure are required to lease their lines to competitors. It works well with phones and it works well with internet service to deliver higher speeds at lower prices.
The Times reports that Richard Bennett, a visiting liar fellow at the American Enterprise Institute rejects the idea of such regulation. Bennett has "argued that much of the slowness is caused not by broadband networks but by browsers, websites and high usage."
Riiiiiiiiight. It's not like we can't easily check our connection speed to see that it's obviously the primary determinant of download speed in most cases. Yes there are sites that are overwhelmed with traffic and individual computers that are running badly, but slow connection speeds never deliver fast downloads. And the fact remains: Americans pay more for less.