Thought you'd enjoy this anecdote on why we lag many developed countries in terms of the broadband speed we get for our dollars. Especially when compared to countries like Japan, South Korea, and the U.K., amongst others.
My cable modem broadband service from Time Warner Cable (aka "RoadRunner), was acting up, so I had a technician come by for a service call.
While he was testing the connection, I asked him why Time Warner Cable didn't offer anything higher than the speeds they're currently offering.
The highest they offer in my area is something they call "Road Runner Extreme", which is supposed to deliver 6 Mbps or better down and a fraction of that up, for around $55/month.
He replied, "Oh, we do offer higher speeds in some areas".
"You do??", I asked, my interest perking up. "Where exactly, and what speeds do you offer?", I added.
"Oh, we offer 15 Mbps downstream and 1.5 upstream", he answered. "But we only provide it in areas where Verizon is offering their FIOS, fiber-optic service".
I was floored by the honesty of his reply.
No senior manager at Time Warner Cable would ever say that on the record of course.
Sometimes the most candid answers are had from the mouth of babes, or the humble field technician, in this case.
FIOS of course, the the multi-billion investment Verizon is making in various parts of the country, to better compete with the cable companies.
Sadly, it isn't available in any of the areas I hang out in yet.
But it's nice to know that Time Warner Cable competes, when they really, really have to.
I hope the FCC gives them a pat on the back.