One glaring example of inequity is that the United States, widely regarded as a world leader in technology, provides relatively poor internet access to its citizens by comparison with many technologically lower-ranked countries. This appears to be largely due to the corrupting effects of telecommunications industry lobbyists, who persuade politicians at both the national and state levels to pass laws favoring the telecomm giants and minimizing competition.
This has the effect of dissuading broadband providers from upgrading their service with the latest technology, reducing the service price-to-consumer as the cost of providing it falls, or expanding into areas where broadband is not currently available.
See also internet neutrality.
- 2007-11 broadband service statistics by country
- 2006-08 Broadband Reality Check II: The Truth Behind America’s Digital Decline
- 2014-06-02 [L..T] Google reportedly launching 180 satellites for global internet service "The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is planning to spend more than $1 billion on satellites that will offer internet access worldwide from space. The publication's sources say that Google will begin with 180 small satellites that will orbit the Earth at a lower altitude than most other craft, before possibly expanding the fleet in the future."
- 2008-03-02 [Talk|Index] Lightning internet on way § “MOST homes will have broadband communication speeds up to 100 times faster than what is currently available, under the Rudd Government's plan to wire Australia for the 21st century. ... "This is going to revolutionise the way Australians live their lives," Senator Conroy said. .. Before last year's election, Mr Rudd promised to contribute $4.7 billion to help build a national broadband network accessible to 98% of homes, with a guaranteed minimum speed of 12 megabits per second. .. But by deploying VDSL, (also known as Very High Speed DSL) technology, Senator Conroy said the new network would be able to carry up to 25 megabits per second.”