ISPs are backwards in the US

by Samm Bennett
Loved this article I recently came across: Time Warner to charge $150-Per-Month Unlimited Internet. Whereas most industrialized countries have cheap 20 MB - 100 MB downstream internet connections, most Americans are lucky they even have the privilege to pay large sums for 6 MB down (personally, I usually see my 7 MB at 2 MB, but that's a different story).

The beauty of the whole thing is that American ISPs are trying to claim that their infrastructure is too poor to handle large data transmissions, and instead of improving their service to some reasonable standard, they leverage monopolies to punish the consumer. I guess the big question here though is it just a ploy to prevent users from using Video On Demand services such as Hulu and iTunes instead of their cable service? Considering how much cable costs these days, and all the profit the cable providers would lose if they watched their customers pull back, the conspiracy doesn't seem too far fetched. And if this is the case, I wonder what may happen to net neutrality in the next couple of years?

Regardless, these recent moves seem fairly futile, and I just hope something is done so the country that invented the internet can at least provide its citizens with some competitive speeds.