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  1. There is NO TECHNICAL REASON why everyone in the USA can’t have low cost, high speed Internet.

    In fact, everyone on earth uses the SAME EXACT broadband technology, non-USA people just use it better for less.

    The reason Americans have poor internet access is simple government failure.

    Outside the USA, most governments realize that having universal, low cost, high speed internet is NECESSARY for the economic future of the country. That is, for the elite to thrive, everyone has to have the internet. As a result, most countries either have state controlled low cost, high speed Internet or the state TELLS the commercial internet providers what they can charge people and what speeds must be provided. NOTE that even when the private internet providers are mandated by the state, they are STILL PROFITABLE.

    In contrast, the USA government is more interested in making sure the internet companies have huge excessive profits rather than ensuring the long term economic viability of the USA.

    Just like trump is trying to kill non-carbon energy for the short term gain of carbon energy companies (but long term LOSS for the USA) , Trump’s minions are trying to do the same thing to the Internet.

    Physical Broadband consists of:

    – Central office common hardware which is now dirt cheap regardless of the transmission media (telco cable, coax cable or fibre).

    – Physical cable, which, if it is over 15 years old, has probably been fully expensesd and has a NPV of US$0.00. That is, the cost has been deducted from the taxable income which means the USA taxpayers paid for the cable in addition to the rate payers (yes, the good old “double dip”).

    – Terminal devices which have a ONE TIME wholesale cost of about US$20.00, even though many internet providers require the user to “rent” these for about US$10/month or more – sweet scam.

    – When the components are added up and interconnect charges are added along with the cost of the internet company’s CEO aircraft, the actual cost to provide physical internet is about US$5/month.

    Cell Wireless broadband consists of:

    – Wireless base station (AKA cell site) – these now typically cost less than US$150k for the 4G electronics and whatever local land, enclosure and tower costs are. Again, these costs are considered capitol expenses and are taken off the company’s taxes.

    – Terminal device which have a one time wholesale cost of US$20 to US$300, but are usually purchased by the user from a retail vendor.

    – Even if there are only a few hundred terminal devices in a cell area and assuming a five year write down, the cost should be about US$20/month

    Metro Area wireless broadband consists of:

    – Wireless base station with radios, land, enclosure and tower. These are less expansive than 4G cell data because the frequencies are generally less expansive and the equipment design is easier.

    – Terminal device with radios and antennas usually mounted on the highest part of the building pointing toward the base station. Th wholesale costs are generally less than US$50.

    The bottom line is, if the USA government actually cared about USA citizens and the economic future of the USA, everyone in the USA could easily have low cost (under US$30/month), high speed internet and the providers would still make a nice profit (but not the excessive ones they do now).

    BTW – the equipment is now so cheap and the “cook books” on how to set up a rural internet co-op are so available, there is no real reason under-served Americans can’t build their own ISP co-op and bypass the communications companies.

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