Khader Syed

Broadband in America

Fri Mar 14 2014


Broadband in America sucks balls. And you don’t need a newsweek article to tell you that. In Brooklyn, New York, where I live, my only options are Time-Warner Cable and Verizon. We recently moved away from Time-Warner Cable, hoping Verizon would be better and what did we find out? this! Speeds as HIGH as 2.81 Mb/s in America. WHOA! Mind boggles!

I’ve had better speeds while in India in 2005. Yes, in 2005. And of course, speeds were much better even when I was in Wellington, New Zealand. So, what is the reason for the sorry state of broadband in America? It’s not that they don’t have the technology, they do. Verizon FiOS is available in certain parts of America, but not everywhere. So, why hasn’t it expanded to other parts of America? One of the reasons cited is the non-compete agreement between Verizon and the largest cable providers. Whether it’s because of regulation or deregulation, I don’t know. The fact of the matter is that whatever it is, it does not work.

There has got to be some way to fix this malignant tumor that is affecting america.

Of course, the problem isn’t just with the communications industry, there are big issues with the banking sector too, and I am not even talking about the fraud and scams that happen there or the exorbitant bonuses etc.,.

How has this place, with it’s ineffeciences and the rot, survived for this long? Or is it that this rot is finally about to eat up the rest of America?