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Why is broadband more expensive in the US?

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Home broadband in the US costs twice as much as it does in Europe and three times as much as it does in South Korea, according to a new report. Why?

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

I found this article interesting, because it relates closely to my wallet (and everyone’s wallet), but it also relates to the availablility of internet services around the world and the availability for mobile devices as well. In my area, part of the internet package or bundle is that you have access to public wi-fi if your provider has access available to it. In other words, if I’m at the supermarket rather than my home, and the public wifi from Comcast is available and received while I’m in the supermarket, then I can sign-in and enjoy the Comcast wifi signal at no extra cost, as I’m already a Comcast subscriber.  This is fine, as many areas in the US have Comcast. However, it’s not flawless, because if I’m travelling by car or any other transportation, each time I come to a new transmission tower, I have to sign in on my mobile device again and again and again….If I’m stationary, then it’s fine. 


But it does leave one to question why the general pricing of broadband or any other internet services varies so much from country to country? Is it the amount of demand that brings on greedy providers?  I would imagine that as access becomes more affordable, it will allow more and more users to take advantage of what the internet has to offer, whether it’s social media, information or m-learning.  Hopefully, this will all stabilize soon so that costs are more feasible for all.


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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