Another thing Asian countries beat us at: Internet speed. Internet speed still lags in the US compared to the rest of the world.
Why are Asian and other countries so much faster speed on the Internet than we in the US are? The government has given companies like Verizon massive investments to build out to rural areas and the goals haven’t been accomplished. Indeed Verizon’s flooded communication hub shows the poor planning the company is capable of.
Individually the services on Verizon are good. Like the Verizon LTE JetPack Mifi 4620L. Here is a comparison between Verizon and AT&T. No good choice there. I have a friend who has Verizon FIOS and loves it. He lives in the New York Area, so doesn’t have lots of choice. Time Warner Cable and Comcast are both notorious for bad service. I have frequently had to help Comcast customers with a variety of issues like: Setting up an Apple airport with Comcast, Comcast DNS issues, Comcast rolls out a data usage meter in Portland, and Time Capsule and Comcast not playing nice together.
So given how crucial internet speed is for commerce, research and personal enjoyment why do you think it still lags to other countries? I have to assume that if you follow the money, there is more money in trying to apply the airline model to Internet than the electricity model. The electricity model says its all the same and you get the same thing no matter where you are in the US as a utility. The Airline model says that you should pay more for service, and only pay for “what you use”. It seems silly to try to measure “what you use” when the costs of what you use are so cheap. Very few people use the network capacity that is available. So I would understand premium pricing if there were congestion. We read story after story where speed of the internet is slow and then after a deal is made, the speed is rapid again. Those kind of artificial restrictions don’t fool people. I wonder how long it will take before Internet is made a utility? Isn’t it strange that the Internet is so central to everything now, yet is approached as though it were “optional”?