Throughout one’s lifetime, we wait at stoplights for about 2 years on average. That’s a long time. This generation hosts another waiting element – waiting in front of the computer or mobile device screen for pages to load.
Why are America’s Internet connections and offered technologies lagging? Shouldn’t a first-world country host top-rate web opportunity? 10% of Americans cannot get or has zero access to broadband Internet. Furthermore, 6 out of 10 lower-income households do not host Internet connections.
While Internet initially aligned to information, like having a mini library in one’s home, it’s quickly become useful (even integral) for a number of needs and occasions, such as applying for school or a job and shopping more conveniently for commercial wants.
Americans, accustomed to modern-world convenience and opportunity, yet taking a look below, we see the US is behind a number of other nations in availability and price of access. Paris, London, and Seoul are amongst the cheapest cities in the world for attaining a triple-play package, receiving phone, cable, and Internet services. What about web download speeds? What countries lead? The US is 11 Andorra, Singapore, Lithuania, and South Korea are first-rate providers.
Why is America lagging behind other nations regarding Internet speeds and future opportunities? Some believe a lack of competition among current suppliers coupled with no regulation by the FCC are two major reasons; for example, local neighborhoods are under restriction in seeking investment in local fiber networks, creating higher prices for all, prices most natives pass over.
Where are the cheapest US cities for Internet? What economic inequalities does Internet connection illuminate within the country? What can America do, moving forward, to catch up to the rest of the connected nations throughout the world?
Infographic courtesy of Internet Providers