Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, May 27, 2011 8:28 pm

“Sometimes I wonder who really won the Cold War.”


So do I:

In Lithuania, fiber broadband equivalent in speed to the service purchased by most Americans (10/1 Mbps) is$14.72 a month. The Lithuanian telco just doubled speeds with no rate increase, and you can get 40/40 Mbps service for $55, with no caps.

In the United States, I pay $40/month for 10/1 service. Recently, my ISP (Time Warner Cable) announced that they’ll sell you 30/5 for $70/month, and 50/5 for $100/month. I can’t buy the top end of Lithuanian-grade service (300/40) for any price. But I still count myself as a lucky moocher, because 56% of my fellow leeches have capped Internet service.

“Hey, buying congresshcrittersh and FCCsh is expenshive,” Time-Warner CEO Jeffrey L. Bewkes muttered,  stirring his martini with a decorative toothpick festooned with human fetal hearts.*

*OK, I made up that last part.

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3 Comments

  1. You’re a hack.

    Comment by Mike Barry — Monday, May 30, 2011 6:17 am @ 6:17 am

  2. Actually, Mike, our Internet service sucks compared to that of a number of other Western industrialized democracies. Denying that is just one more example of “Murka! Hail, yeah!” magical thinking.

    Which has no effect on my hackitude, granted, but it’s out there nonetheless.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, May 30, 2011 6:09 pm @ 6:09 pm

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