You Pay Far Too Much For Internet And That’s A Problem

    July 23, 2012
    Zach Walton
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The Internet has become a staple of modern communication. While some people use the Internet to watch funny cat videos on YouTube, it’s importance can not be understated for the millions of global citizens who use it to share important information about their world with others. The Internet can be credited with the success of the Arab Spring and the U.N. even announced the Internet as a basic human right. So why does a basic human right cost so much in the U.S. when other countries get faster Internet for far less?

To understand this question, we have to look at a multitude of factors that range from local monopolies to lack of proper infrastructure. it’s a multi-faceted problem with not a lot of solutions out there. There are some companies, like Google, and cities who are trying to win back the Internet for the people instead of making it the luxury that many ISPs treat it as now.

How much do you pay for Internet? Do you find the prices to be exploitative? Let us know in the comments.

Chances are you live in a city that’s serviced by the one of the big ISPs like Comcast, Time Warner Cable or Verizon. How much do you pay for Internet? According to the White Fence Index, the average cost of Internet among top U.S. cities is $38 a month. Compare that to a country like South Korea where ADSL premium, which blows our best Internet out of the water, is only 30,000 won ($26) a month.

So why do we pay more for inferior Internet? Well, you could argue that the infrastructure is much larger in the U.S. and therefore requires more money to fund which leads to higher prices. That’s certainly somewhat true, but it also comes down to how much importance is placed on the Internet.

South Korea is such an Internet powerhouse because their government has invested heavily in expanding the Internet and their citizen’s access to it. The U.S. has a similar plan that was created with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that was passed in response to the global economic crisis that began in 2008. The plan, kickstarted by the FCC, is called the National Broadband Plan. It’s goal is to give every American “robust, affordable Internet.”

So what’s this National Broadband Plan? Here’s the four step process the FCC has in place:

  • Design policies to ensure robust competition and, as a result maximize consumer welfare, innovation and investment.
  • Ensure efficient allocation and management of assets government controls or influences, such as spectrum, poles, and rights-of-way, to encourage network upgrades and competitive entry.
  • Reform current universal service mechanisms to support deployment of broadband and voice in high-cost areas; and ensure that low-income Americans can afford broadband; and in addition, support efforts to boost adoption and utilization.
  • Reform laws, policies, standards and incentives to maximize the benefits of broadband in sectors government influences significantly, such as public education, health care and government operations.
  • If successful, the FCC hopes that this plan will bring the U.S. Internet into the 21st century. Their long term goal is to make sure that at least “100 million homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second.”

    Do you think the FCC’s plan for affordable 100Mbps downstream is feasible? Let us know in the comments.

    My local ISP offers up to 50Mbps downloads speeds for $95 a month. I’m paying $60 for only 30Mbps a month. As you can see, my ISP is not quite there and only a few are. For those who are at those speeds, the cost is quite outrageous. Verizon’s FiOS service ,which puts out speeds from 15Mbps to 300Mbps, costs anywhere between $65 to $210 per month just for Internet. That’s not quite what affordable means. Thankfully, there are efforts on the part from companies like Google and local governments to bring affordable, fast fiber at a low price to consumers.

    We brought you word on Wednesday that Google was about to unveil their new Fiber network in Kansas City. Google Fiber is somewhat of an experiment on Google’s part to see how affordable, yet cheap, Internet can impact innovation and competitiveness in the ISP market.

    Google Fiber will be launching on July 26 and it has ISPs scared. There was the humorous story from last week that saw Time Warner Cable offering rewards to anybody who would spy on Google’s efforts to bring Fiber to the city. Google hasn’t come out and said they want to be an ISP, but people certainly see it that way. The company’s purchase of dark fiber in 2006, while being used to connect data centers, was certainly viewed as Google eyeing the consumer Internet market.

    The experiment in Kansas City might be a failure though. It might convince Google to stay out of the consumer market and stick to providing Internet services. The promise of cheap Internet at faster speeds, however, makes that scenario highly unlikely. In fact, Google is probably onto something here. If the city can afford it, they’re going to start providing cheaper Internet to their citizens as well.

    One such city in Colorado is already on their way. The city of Longmont is now in discussion to start selling Internet to local businesses. It could be extended to over 1,000 homes as well. While some people would deride government intervening and competing with businesses, the citizens of the city don’t seem to mind. In fact, over 57 percent of those at the city council meeting voted to start construction on the fiber network immediately.

    The one thing we must keep in mind is price. Google and Longmont have both stayed away from the issue of price since these plans were announced. They promise that the speeds will be faster and cheaper than the competition, but by how much? It obviously has the ISPs spooked, but we just don’t know how scared they should be.

    In a perfect world, Google will thrown down the gauntlet on July 26. A move that will force Time Warner to lower their prices in Kansas City which will then have a rippling effect across the country as more ISPs lower their prices to deal with the demand from consumers for affordable Internet.

    Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. It’s going to take more competition from Google and the expansion of fiber to really drive down prices in the U.S. Longmont had to specifically vote down a law that prevented the city from offering Internet to its citizens. Other cities and states have similar laws that would need to be amended before such actions could take place.

    It really all comes down to how people view the Internet in the U.S. The U.N. obviously sees it as a human right, but many people still see it as a luxury. You can argue that one doesn’t need the Internet, but that only hampers progress. We’re only going to start seeing real results once people decide to see the Internet as a commodity instead of a luxury. Google and Longmont are leading the charge to that future.

    Do you think that Google and local cities should become ISPs? Will it drive prices down and speeds up? Let us know in the comments.

    • Kris

      In Estonia I have a 100Mbps/50Mbps optical line Internet for 20€/month.

    • http://emeraldgoals.info/wp/ Deni

      In rural northwest Alabama, I’m paying HughesNet $80/month for 1.6Mb/250kb – and these are advertised speeds. My actual speeds are 700kb/200kb – with a daily cap of 525 MB.

      • Michael

        Something else is not always an option in rural areas. I live in SC and the telephone company here provides the only Internet and cable services available — fortunately there is satellite TV. 3Mb/384K ADSL is $45/month.

    • Me

      Paying $35 a month for 2Mb/15Kb in Northern Nevada

    • Nora Harris

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    • bill

      Super article! This is a huge sore spot with me. I feel America should be the fastest and cheapest! I have Broadband2Go at a whopping 3G for $40 a month. It has never performed well. I can’t and have never been able to play a video. It’s thottled @153.6k all the time.
      This even goes against there own stated policy. In fact it’s becoming unusable and I get dropped, or it juust freezes for 16 to 30 seconds.
      It’s sold and advertised as Unlimted access…they shut it off when you hit 5gig. They are not alone most all ISP are guilty of fraud! It’s a shame and should NOT be allowed but, it’s all about the money. The UN declares access a Human Right…sure what ever they say. I think it a shame on this country!!!!! I can’t even pass the FCC broadband speed test…it fails and hangs up.

      Well I bet you think I an angry…YOUR RIGHT! I work online, I am not playing games and watching video’s. I am sad to say living in an Apt so wireless internet is the only way. Did I mention there are no other choices…

      We have an Internet savy President…and can’t get high speed access. We as Americans should be upset!

      Sad…very Sad
      In the event this can’t be published, sorry upset.

    • Kenny

      I have noticed that there is quite a lot of price fixing going on in many areas with internet being only one some of the others insurance of all types. It almost does not matter who you choose it will be the same especially with all of the hidden fees and taxes that are added to the cost. Yet these fixed prices offer no competition take it or leave it and yet you hear nothing from our politicians, I think everyone knows why.

      A friend of mine from France, pays apx $25.00 per month for tv, internet and phone service why is that?

    • http://incomefromhometips.org bj @ Income From Home

      I know that I pay more for just internet here in Pennsylvania than friends of mine in Europe pay for internet/tv/phone and they have better service, more choices and LOTS MORE SPEED.

      There’s something wrong here. And I know what it is. We here in the US had a great idea once upon a time. It was called Local Loop Unbundling. But the phone companies here in the US hated the idea and managed to get around those regulations by buying politicians. Meanwhile other places in the world realized what a great idea Local Loop Unbundling IS. They ran with it. Now they have real competition in the internet space, and we here in the US don’t. So we pay a lot more for less.

    • Bruce

      As long as the ISPS are publicly traded companies, they will charge as much as they possible can to satisfy share holders greed. These companies need to wake up and realize that the consumer of their products are more important than the share holders. Time Warner, Verizon its all about the money, what is the worst service they can get away with for the most money, to maximize profits. If they had the best service they could provide for the least money they would not need to spend millions in advertizing, people would be flocking to them.

    • http://alex.cummings.co.za/ Alex Cummings

      You think you are bad in America I Get a monthly 2gig at 1024kbps for R210 approx $25.50 per month there latest offerings are listed below

      384Kbps Uncapped @ R239.00 or $29
      512Kbps Uncapped @ R319.00 or $40
      1024Kbps Uncapped @ R559.00 or $79
      1536Kbps Uncapped @R899.00 or $112

      These are South African Prices note they are Kbps not Mbps. Every time I go on line to do any thing other than browse I am told my speed is too slow. I cannot even use Skype with a small screen

    • Joe Fitzpatrick

      The premise of your article has to be one of the most ignorant I have seen in quite a while. Most of it is propaganda. The success of the “Arab Spring”, have you not noticed that the middle east is on fire, and is as unstable as it has been in at least 50 years?
      Secondly, no man nor country can determine what is a basic human right, those are for God to decide, and I don’t recall God mentioning telecommunications. Anything man or government concludes is a right, can be taken away by said man or country. Perhaps ask the question, how much do you pay for your internet access, and leave your propaganda out of it.

      • Chris Carmouche

        Thanks Joe for being a voice of sanity here, but don’t be too hard on the young Mr. Walton. The fault is ours for not teaching the younger generation to think independently or fear statism. They have no concept of how freedom and free markets are tied and they have no concept of the evils that have been committed in the last 100 years under the banners of communism, socialism… etc.

        Attention all you young skulls full of mush. The government had the Internet all to itself for approx. 30 years. There was no World Wide Web. There were no I-Phones. Modems downloaded information at under 300 Bytes Per Second (that’s bytes).

        The inovations that so many of us take for granted were fueled exclusively by the so-called “corporate greed” that you denigrate and the people of other nations do not get “free” or “cheaper” Internet.

        Papa Government picks up the tab and Papa Government gets that money from excessive taxation (you’ll find out what that is once you grow up, have a wife and children to feed and start to make some real money). People in other countries actually pay for their “cheaper” Internet with their very livlihoods by accepting a lower standard of living in general.

        And, to add insult to injury, once Papa Governement soaks you to pick up the tab for your “cheaper” Internet, Papa Government also regulates what you can and cannot do or say on the Internet (some countries to a lesser extent than others).

        Moreover, stop and consider that other countries only have a decent Internet because the innovations on which they rely come from “greedy corporations” and without “greedy corporations,” all innovation would stop.

        Lastly, one more word of wisdom. Whenever anyone tells you that anything other than what is enumerated in the United States Constitution is a “human right,” run, don’t walk. That’s nothing more than a buzz-phrase and any “human right” that the government bestowes is nothing more than a mechanism to control your thoughts and behavior.

        Freedom isn’t free. Be glad that you live in country where you still must pay for service.

        • Michael

          Corporations do purely for their own benefit.

    • http://www.cnx-software.com cnxsoft

      Paying a bit less than $19 a month for a 6Mbps/512Kbps connection in Thailand. I also need to pay around $6 a month to keep a landline, so the total is more like $25.

    • mwc273

      Time Warner Cable Business Class Telecommuter Package (10M down / 1.5M up with static IP) In Cincinnati, Ohio is $63.85 a month.

    • http://www.connectservices.biz Pat – Connect Services, Inc

      I’m paying for an upgraded version through Comcast $70.60.
      My ping is 10ms
      Download speed is 25.02 mbps
      Upload is 3.58 mbps

    • wilner

      What sets the U.S. apart from other industrialized (and even some non-industrialized) nations is that business ultimately runs things to their benefit and profit and to the detriment of the consumer/end user/client/patient, etc.

      It is the reason that we pay such high prices for phone, cable, internet.
      It is the same reason why we pay so much for health care and why we do not have a national health care system like the other industrialized nations.

    • http://www.sympaticoclothing.com/ Marty

      Due to my rural location, I pay $60/mo for satellite Internet access via Hughesnet. The service is capped at 500MB download per 24 hours. Exceeding that requires buying $5 tokens for an additional 250MB each. Downlead speeds are highly variable based on network traffic and sometimes slow down to near dialup speeds. Internet over powerline is a proven technology and would open up broadband access to anyone on the power grid, but expansion of that technology from a few test locations seems to be stalled. (Perhaps the result of major ISP opposition?) There are rumors of our telco running optical fiber into our area and we’re praying fervently.

    • Dan

      I never agree with the government spending my tax dollars to supplement an industry to produce a commodity market. If private companies do that so be it. It’s done in the free markets. If Google is successful then good for them. But stop spending my tax dollars in the interest of equality for all. This isn’t Russia people…we’re a republic not a socialist country. If that’s what you want then move!

    • http://blackdiamondblasting.com Robert

      I pay $60 a month for Comcast in Portland, OR. That cost doesn’t affect my lifestyle.

      I do wish wifi were EVERYWHERE, however. Maybe local governments can figure a way to accomplish this.


      At home mtn Nigeria provide 5gb at approximately $52 for 30 days.

      In the office IPNX Nigeria provide 25gb in 30days at about $185.

      i hardly get satisfied with their services even after paying so much. But i dont have any other better option.
      i think the charges are beyond margin.

    • http://www.papadanart.com Dan Fussell

      It does not matter if it is internet, cable t.v., or pharmaceuticals the U.S. seems to pay the bulk of the profit while the rest of the world pays less.

      The political system depends on these corporations for financial support of parties and I do not see laws being changed easily in favor of the U.S. citizen. You can thank your lobbyist laws.

      • http://aurorahouse.com.au Linda

        We don’t pay less in Australia. I’m paying AUD$60 a month for 50GB. That is not less. Some companies are offering a little better, but not much. There is certainly not the cheap ‘unlimited’ download there used to be years ago, you pay more for that. There is too much monopolisation. And I agree that the internet ought now to be classed as a basic living essential and not a luxury. I use it for my work as an editor and book publisher, for any information I want to find, and to connect with people around the world.

    • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

      First, curtain the Governments involvement in areas best left to the free markets. This crap about “fairness” and “affordable” … name one area of the market, any market, where things have gotten more “affordable” or “fair”, in the long run, after the Government involveded itself?
      Big Government Bureauacracy sees taxing one group to give to another group a form of “fairness”, when all it is is vote buying, self job protection and this action always drives up the cost. The layers and layers of grease and Governmental pay-offs lead to waste and inefficiency.
      Then, turn the “market” loose. Let the “market” devise a way to make the internet more affordable (and fair as a result).
      Television reception used to be free (just initial cost of television set and minimal Government involvement); GPS still is free (just initial cost of GPS unit and use of Government sponsored technology) … why not a similar set-up for the internet.
      Let the Government act as a referee with co-ordinating and allocating resources in an “open-source” manner and act to prevent monopolization of all aspects … and stop trying to enslave everyone into a fantasy communistic utopia, Mr. 0bama … it goes against life’s grand design; evolution!

      • Tim M

        You make some good points Cap’n, but I’m not sure why you bring Obama into it. I buy Internet in three communities and I have to bend over and take what the local monopoly (at best a duopoly) dishes in each place. The decision to allow these monopolies was arrived at years ago by the local government – Obama had absolutely nothing to do with it. The monopolies have gotten fat and lazy, raising prices without improving service, simply because they can. If it takes government at the city, county, state or federal level to change this situation, then I’m all for it. I just get tired of hearing every stupid governmental decision blamed on Obama. He’s been in office for 3.5 years and this situation has been building for decades now. We’d be far better off to bring back some trust busting and once again break up AT&T and Verizon to create a “free” market in the cellular market as well.

        • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

          I’m addressing part of the problem.

        • Ba-roke

          I think after 3.5 years there should have been time to address the problems Cap alluded to. Defending the sitting pres is a dead end argument friend. Everybody makes mistakes but usually learns and adjusts.

      • Alfred Bumintsky

        The Cap’n should seek counseling and spare the online world his paranoia. The U.S. has been in serious decline since the ’70s with that nonsensical “business-first” propaganda.

        • http://www.captaincyberzone.com Cap’n Cyberzone

          It’s been in serious decline since Lynndon Johnson … and would you say that your relatives were paranoid about Hitler?!

    • http://www.mi-kibreed.org Shari

      We pay $89.99 per month for Cyberonic. It’s either this or Hughes. We tried Hughes for 5 years and never were satisfied. The only time they didn’t have their flow restrictor on was during the middle of the night. Turns out it’s the same way with Cyberonics and their antenna. We went the extra mile and installed the outside antenna, which helped 0%. We can watch videos, etc. during the middle of the night, but that’s about it. :0/ I am SO disgusted!

    • http://www.weightlossalabama.org Remi Broviak

      I pay $62.99 a month to Time Warner and that’s just for internet connection and no ultra high speed which would cost another $10-$20.

    • http://biggerpractice.com Bartholomew John

      I have had 2 different cable companies and telephone line internet services since 1995 from dial-up to high speed (100MPS ). The price keeps going up.Yet I can get extra broadband width usage via telephone ( 100GB/month ) cheaper than any cable service in the past.At $60/month I still find it overpriced.Although my hometown of Woodstock,ON,Canada has fiberoptic cable buried under the shoulders of a few of the incoming city roads citizens cannot access it for the internet nor Vibe TV.Why? There are not enough users willing to pay the excessive costs that Bell Telephone (Bell Media ) wants to charge for “hooking up” our homes and for monthly fees.The cables have been there for 10 years,unused.Greed is a plausible answer.
      Whatever happened to Canada’s commitment to an affordable Internet Highway?
      My download speed (of files) of average 740kps with 2 household computers on one external router isn’t considered slow ,but for broadband I feel that browser web page loading is poor compared to places like Germany,Japan,Singapore and The Philippines. And even The Philippines have lower rates and more services.I do not disagree with Chris in his views or facts ,but greed is still a factor when you know that corporate profits are so high that they can buy out more and more of the competition every year and keep prices high.

    • thomas m.

      How can something be improved if people here in the US dont know what in other countries is happening. Every time I come back from europe I feel like landing (Los Angeles) in a third world country. This country goes backwards not forward. There is no competition and thus the customer suffers. Same with Cellphones, Airlines, Food, Health…. I pay here in Los Angeles for a REALLY SLOW ATT internet $30 a month, its a joke but there are no options, pick between 2 crappy providers, ATT or Time Warner. In Austria I pay 14 Euros for a 6mbs line and have good customer service and free upgrades when they improve the technology. Like in everything here in the US I feel exploited and most irritating, it seems the corporations make you feel like they do you a favor. Its all a big scam here, customer service is gone and there is a open season for the big ones to suck every consumer dry as long as they can! We need to start boycotting the big ones.

    • Pedro

      I pay a lot of money for Internet broad band and telephone communication. The service is good enough. I would like a little faster connection to Internet though. The price is too high for me at this moment. I hope I can improve my income (with God’s help) and I hope at the same time the price for Internet and telephone communication goes seriously down.

    • mario zuniga

      i pay 60 for standard internet with time warner in los angeles

    • GHS

      Service in Samoa (Independent) is poor and prices bordering on ridiculous.
      2gb SAT$249/month (around US$100)
      3g (which both telcos incorrectly call 4g) is so ridiculous it makes me want to cry.

    • http://offer.rodolfogrimaldi.com Daniel @ friendly hosting

      What do you know of Arab Spring? It’s better not to associate Social Media with those manipulations.

    • Donna Payne

      Time for a reality check.

      Let’s keep in mind is the costs of maintaining such a vast network.

      American telecom employees, equipment, healthcare, retirees, etc. Outside plant (cables, towers, poles), central office software/hardware, etc.

      Telecoms must turn a profit – the alternative is no Internet at all.

    • http://www.angersausomeaussies.com Diane

      The more competition the better. If ppl would stop paying for high speed internet for a while & go dial up, these companies would start to lower there prices! The more competiton, the more ppl have to chose from & companies dont like that!

    • Seun Peters

      I pay $78 for my internet with Comcast @ 16MB (Portland, Oregon) which most of the time is a shared bandwidth with other users in my subnet, the service is crappy during pick home users period, still not many choices to pick from..

    • http://www.laokay.com Steve G

      Competition is making prices go down and that’s a good thing. There are thousands of data centers in the USA and for website hosting it’s becoming so cheap that what used to cost you for hosting just a few websites, you can afford your own dedicated server to host hundreds and thousands. Sure that means it’s become cheaper to still used shared hosting for your websites, but that’s not my point. My point is that competition brings down prices as more and more ISP’s are offering services that so few were offering at one time so you didn’t have much of a choice. Today there is more choices being offered by many more companies and the only real way for them to get you to sign up is to offer you better pricing, which they can do very easily and still turn a profit. It’s the same thing with all the cell phone companies and so I see internet access no differently. Prices will come down, speed and service will go up. It is inevitable.

    • http://Mabuzi.com Kevin

      You pay more for the net and way more for medical services in countries that have privatized these industries.
      Some countries the main Telco’s is still government run and therefore the huge profits share holders demand are not passed on to the customer. These countries carry less debt too, funny that!

    • Dave

      You should try coming to Australia: you can pay in the hundreds for slow internet + either get shaped or pay per MB if you go over your monthly limit. $48 gives you (on some services) 5-10 GB/Month at slow speeds (usually around 8 MB if lucky) – some still in the k’s.

    • http://www.OnlineSportsRus.com Larry Bricker

      This article has it all wrong. The internet has become much cheaper. It is business’s like google and these eccomerce site that are outrageous and gouging customers with these steep prices. The Ecommerce hosting sites are who this article should be about with unrealistic high prices, oh and lets not forget how Google has just finished destroying 1000’s of business’s and have now become even more greedy. I mean how many billions do you need? Start pointing the blame to the correct industry which is not internet service. I pay $30 for high speed with Att/Bellsouth and have had the same payment with them for nearly 10 years. Get the facts correct Webpronews.

    • http://alonsodavis.info Alonso Davis

      You know what everybody is greedy and they are all full of sh***** we really can’t do much about it but moan and complain and know one is going to listen to you I know that some over educated person will probably respond with a dumb answer saying something like write your congress man yeah right.

      We can’t do without the internet so if the bill was $100.00 dollars a month just for the internet believe me people will pay for it because this is our way of life now some businesses know how to keep the poor people like Google.

    • Brad

      Google has nothing to say about cost when they can’t even keep google base free. Oh I have heard the reasons, but all they are is excuses to become greedier. Whwt ever happened to FREE ENTERPRISE!

    • Peter

      Stop bellyaching. You pay way less than we do in the UK.

      And your software is designed for you – not just another country’s software marked up by 50%.

      Check UK prices for Adobe, Apple etc. – usually 1 and a half times the price, yet with less support.

    • http://www.q3tech.com Q3

      This has been a problem ever since the start of the Internet. Technology advancements are happening at a faster rate making technology cheaper but the customers are not getting the corresponding cuts in retail rates, only the profit for the service providers is increasing.

    • http://www.wheels365.co.za Eduan

      Over here in South Africa we pay about $125 for a 4MB ADSL connection, and you actually never get 4MB, more like 2MB, and now we are not even talking about 3G and alike.

    • John

      $42 per month, not the fastest, not the slowest, but not too bad, but I think $32 would be a more fair price

    • Gary in Apex, NC

      I pay Time Warner $54 per month.

    • http://www.gemfountains.com Pat

      I was going to complain about my service but after reading the comments above, I am not doing bad at all.
      I am paying $23.99/mo for the slowest service Verizon has, the only problem I have that as of May of this year, if I want to upgrade, I have to take their local phone package for about $30-35/month.
      I don’t want Verizon phone service, I have Vonage phone service and like it very much.

    • Jason

      Geography matters. The comparisons between the cost of Internet in the US and other small developed countries is like comparing apples and watermelons. Backhaul contributes significantly to the cost in the US. Furthermore, population density matters as well. You can’t compare the cost of ADSL in Seoul, to the cost in Kansas. The population in one square mile in Seoul maybe as much as a whole county in Kansas. When DSL was regulated by the FCC as a telecom service, there was no way they would allow a person in Metro Kansas City to pay $15 for DSL when their cousin in a small town 50 miles away would have to pay $300 for the same service. Most state PUCs and, of course, rural and suburban internet consumers would scream bloody murder if they had to pay the true cost of Internet access. DSL is distance limited because of physics and fiber is expensive.

    • Jo

      In the Philippines, the price of a monthly internet service is equal to the price of a 50 lbs. rice. Now that’s a lot considering many Filipinos are still suffering from hunger.

    • http://online-backup.stocklii.com Stocklii Domains

      i don’t think that the price is very expensive if i consider what i gain due to it! I mean that all depends on the way you are using it if you just use as a working material or if you just use it for fun

    • http://www.the390.com Dave Schratz

      More competition would not hurt! Most area’s I have seen, the internet is offered as a bundled service and it makes me fearful that if more people try to eliminate the cable part through Roku or other services, the individual parts of the bundle will increase. I would like to know if any one could send me info on developing a community WI-fi setup.

    • Sam

      Here in nz we pay 130 for 1-2 mb

    • Suzanne Brown

      My rate for Comcast has not gone up but the speed has dropped considerably since Xfinity was introduced. I am pay the same for less.

    • your god isnt mine

      listen here you god fearing bitches, YOUR “god” isnt mine. and as of right now internet should be free to everyone or the costs cut in half. i tried to get internet here in a city, my deposit would have been $305 plus instalilation fees as well as the first month. why do i have to pay $500 just to look at a webpage? another thing keep your phoney god out of electronic speak. your god didnt create it nor did he create me. man did. another thing your “holy” bible should be renamed “The book of Contradictions” any sensible person would understand this you blind sheep. relegion was created to control you, seems like its doing a great job.

      • efgio

        god also rapes children.

    • Artemis

      I see you are all putting how much you pay for whichever speed but no one is saying from which companies they are paying out the ass to. So in this thieving USA, who is the cheapest?

    • Samuel

      No offense but here I South Africa we pay R3000 for a 40 meg line and only 1 gig a month. That’s around 300 Y.S dollars so I agree that this Is a problem especially considering the access to fiber optic lines in some parts of the country

    • Janice

      Verizon wireless is totally rapeing consumers. For wireless internet I have to pay $225/month for a measly 30Gb of data and they charge $15 for every Gb over the plan too! I live in a rural wooded area where fiber is not available (there is analog cable running with the power wires, but the cable company is not interested in upgrading). Wireless is my only option because I would need to chop down my trees in order for a dish to have a clear line of site. Well, I am not chopping down trees for internet. I just wish my local cable compnay would just upgrade their lines and put in fiber.

    • Dis Grunt

      Comcast does charge huge amounts for horrible service. Check youtube for “honest isp commercial”, and you’ll see why

    • fishlove73

      48 dollars per month. Way too much. I will be turning it off until they offer another teaser rate or just use my smartphone. I get 22mbps for 48 bucks.

    • outraged

      i too have comcast and it is a disgrace……60 month for high speed access…..what an insult.

    • John

      Google is a dabbler, never follows thru on various “experiments”, other than ad sales. Internet is a commodity and must be priced as such, well under 30 per month. My cost is now 65, from Cable Vision, one of the most hated companies in America. The trend among these pigs is to INCREASE the price for no good reason other than that the execs feel their “exit plans” are in need of tweaking). There has to be competition, a third force (as opposed to two predatory companies–Verizon vs. CableVision– competing for a captive market which cannot “walk” away from both predators, but must choose which one will eat them alive, month by month)

    • Adam

      None of you even hold a candle to the bullsh** i deal with… I pay $80 a month for 5mbps. Not 50 or even 15, 5. The only other provider around here was 6 weeks out to install my internet. Granted, i live in a fairly rural community, but come on now.

    • That guy with slow internet

      I pay upwards of 40$ a month for UP TO 2 mb. Thats right, 2.