Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 8:55 pm

Another free-market fundamentalist admits he was wrong.

Filed under: Geek-related issues — Lex @ 8:55 pm
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Fortunately it was only about the Internet, not anything really important.

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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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