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Scientific American:

Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful

The average U.S. household has to pay an exorbitant amount of money for an Internet connection that the rest of the industrial world would find mediocre.

Broadband in the U.S. is not just slower and more expensive than it is in tech-savvy nations such as South Korea and Japan, the U.S. has fallen behind infrastructure-challenged countries such as Portugal and Italy.

The consequences are far worse than having to wait a few extra seconds for a movie to load.

Our creaky Internet makes it harder for U.S. entrepreneurs to compete in global markets.

Broadband connections are the railroads of the 21st century, theĀ  infrastructure to transmit information/products from seller to buyer.

As evidence, consider that the U.S. came in dead last in another recent study that compared how quickly 40 countries and regions have been progressing toward a knowledge-based economy over the past 10 years.

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