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The real reason your cable bill is so high and what you can do about it

The real reason your cable bill is so high and what you can do about it

Who doesn't think their Internet and cable bills are too high? For years now, I've been tracking the stories asking why we in the U.S. seem to be perennial sufferers of a certain chronic syndrome: Bills too high, Internet speed too slow.

There are a quite a few studies that show the United States has the slowest Internet speeds in the developed world - and also the highest bills. The divergence is amazing. Compared to France, the UK and South Korea, we have speeds four times as slow and we pay three or four times as much.

Is this comparison fair? One thing to remember - the U.S. is a very big country with a lot of ground to cover. We live spread out, and I can see how that might drive up costs. (That's not an excuse in big cities, though.)

This topic springs to mind from two news items, one you might have heard about - and one you might not have. The big news: Comcast is taking over Time Warner Cable, creating by far the country's largest cable and Internet provider. The company is marshalling an army of lobbyists in D.C. to get the deal past federal regulators.

The smaller news: Recent legislative moves on the state level. Legislators in Utah and Kansas have put forward bills that would make it difficult for cities to run their own broadband networks. These prohibitions are much favored by big cable operators, like Comcast and Time Warner cable; there are already more than a dozen states that have such restrictions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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