When I lived in the Netherlands (2003-2007), we had 4 or 5 mobile providers
with their own networks—in a country with 17 million people. Prices were
accordingly low. The rules of the game are harmonized across the EU.
I have a lot of issues with subsidizing services for people in the sticks.
Their cost of living is lower in other respects. I see no reason why taxpayers
in New York should subsidize internet access for people in North Dakota, say.
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> On 1 May 2021, at 20:15, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I think it has more to do with competition than anything else. When I lived
>> in the US (until 1995) telecoms there was cheaper than in any European
>> country. Today it is the other way round. Most European markets are far more
>> competitive than the US market.
> Yes and no. The regulatory environment is entirely different in
> various countries, with substantial differences in the laws that
> govern telecommunications.
> Without getting into a lot of depth, I'll just summarize it this way:
> In Europe, there are shared network resources and all the various
> competitors are more a function of marketing/support/product than
> network. It doesn't matter who you write your monthly payment to, as
> the access network is usually the same. In the US, most competition
> requires a separate network access owned and operated by that company.
> While there is a lot of nuance and variability in this, the primary
> difference between the US and Europe for wired-access is such.
> Another major difference in costs and capabilities has to do with
> government funding. Cost to deliver telecom services varies so much
> based on where you live. For example, do you have any idea how much it
> costs to provide services to a customer in Nome, Alaska compared to
> downtown Denver? When everybody lives in high-rise apartment blocks,
> providing high-speed and high-quality service is easy. Little Diomede
> Island? Not so much. What the government does (almost all countries do
> this around the world) is help defray the true cost of service to
> those who live in remote locations. I literally have faster internet
> speeds at my house in Alaska than most people do in Alexandria,
> Virginia. Government subsidies for providing service to some areas can
> be as high a $10k per household (or more).
> AK (living life 2gigabits at a time) Schnozz
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