So today I was re-configuring a system for a new client. She’s originally from France. She was showing me a web site of the ISP she used in France. For 30 euros ($40 at current trading) they get 100mbps download speed, 50mpbs upload, 300 video channels, and phone service with a calling plan that includes 100 countries.
Just for comparison, my 20mbps/5mbps is $53.99 a month, and my Vonage VoIP service costs $33 a month. That’s $87 a month and no TV service. Lets not discount the network speeds. I could assume that to get 5 time the net performance the price would be about $150 a month. Compare that to the $40 the French pay and you can see why I’m pissed about this.
In France the regulatory system says that the the cabling is shared. In other words, many ISP’s can use the existing fiber system there. Here in the U.S. it’s all tightly controlled, if you want service from Verizon and Cox for example, you get two cables coming into the house.
The U.S. needs to get its act in gear. The first thing we need to do, is clamp down on corporate power. A half dozen words inserted into the 14th Amendment would be a good start. “Does not apply to inanimate entities.”
From net neutrality to being overcharged simply because they know we don’t have any options is galling in the highest manner.
The FCC needs to step in, and the congress needs to step in.
Another thing, the U.S. had the option to parity tie the dollar to the Euro back under the bad Bush days. Bush sought to retain the supremacy of the U.S. dollar. Stupid, stupid, stupid.