Why is the US slower?

You know that broadband has made the mainstream cut when it makes WCCO’s Good Question of the Day! Jason DeRusha asked Christ Mitchell (from Institute for Local Self Reliance) about it this week, “Why Is Our Internet So Slow?”

Here’s a quick excerpt from the show:

In Europe, it’s a different set-up.

“They have greater competition in the broadband market and that all comes from government policies,” said Mitchell.

In Europe, there’s often one company that builds the network (often a non-profit cooperative or a government-run agency), and separate competing companies that are allowed to pay for the right to sell service to customers.

That creates a market for innovation and lower prices.

He does a good job of explaining the open access network  and more for a wide range of audiences. You can watch or read the story online.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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