Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Issue of the Day: Break Up the Telecom Cartels

"On average, for instance, a triple-play package [in the U.S.] that bundles Internet, telephone and television sells for $160 a month with taxes. In France the equivalent costs just $38. For that low price the French also get long distance to 70 foreign countries, not merely one; worldwide television, not just domestic; and an Internet that’s 20 times faster uploading data and 10 times faster downloading it". As quoted in Bad Connections By David Cay Johnston in the New York Times. See the Opinion Piece here. "America’s Internet started out as No. 1 in speed. It now ranks 26th, far behind the networks in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Lithuania. Americans pay the sixth highest median price in the modern world for Internet data — 16 times the rates paid by South Koreans, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development". David Cay Johnston, a visiting lecturer at Syracuse University’s College of Law, is author of “The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use ‘Plain English’ to Rob You Blind.”

1 comment:

Allan S. said...

It's just down right criminal.