Broadband speeds in the US slow on purpose?

Interesting article on the New York Times blog a couple days ago about broadband speeds abroad, and the relatively low costs associated with both system upgrades and service delivery.

J:Com, a Japan-based ISP, is able to provide, what is speculated to be, the fastest residential internet service in the world, touting speeds of up to 160 mbps – for only $60/month (6,000 yen)! How crazy is that? What’s even more unbelievable is that they made the improvements to their network for about $20/home.

In the US, companies like Comcast are slow to adopt new technical improvements to their infrastructure. It is said that Comcast and other major US ISPs could significantly boost connection speeds for approximately $100/home, but are unlikely to do so quickly in fear that streaming media will result in a decline of cable TV viewers.

An interesting read…just don’t get too spoiled when traveling abroad. World’s Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home

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