Susan Crawford, law professor and former special assistant for science and technology to the White House, recently sat down with journalist and commentator Bill Moyers and explained something that might surprise comfortable Americans: U.S. Internet access is, even today, costly and slow compared to access in other parts of the world.
How so? Crawford lays out the numbers: In Hong Kong, Crawford says, a citizen can purchase 500 megabit data pipeline for $25 a month. In Seoul, the same service is $30 a month, but subscribers have a choice of three different providers, all of whom will set up a connection within a day because of cutthroat competition.
But in New York City, arguably the most industrialized city in the U.S., the same connection costs $200, and subscribers have no choice of providers.
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