Recent research has found what we all could have guessed: Compared to other nations, Americans are paying more for their Internet service, and getting less value. This is what happens, of course, when a nation buys into all the anti-government rhetoric of right-wing politicians, pundits, and talk show hosts--Corporate America rolls in and extracts the most money it can for the least amount of service.
The problem here is two-pronged: First, Internet providers have monopolies in their respective business areas. Second, we're so afraid of government intervention--the "Socialism" Bogeyman--that we'd rather let corporations empty our wallets for sub-par service than fix the problem with a little We the People action.
Some local governments are taking matters into their own hands, creating their own Internet services, and facilitating lower prices (see "America Pays More For Internet, Gets Slower Speeds, Than Other Countries"). Other local governments can't, because their state lawmakers have been given cash by the Internet industry to prevent them from doing so (see "South Carolina Latest State To Restrict Rural Internet Projects"). So, I guess you could say that government is indeed the problem and not the solution--when it's taking
America can learn lessons from FDR's "Fear Itself" speech & the success of the TVA, and give our Internet a New Deal boost. In other words, we could start paying less for more if we stopped trembling under our beds in fear of the Socialism Bogeyman.This doesn't mean that the private sector has no role to play, but it does mean that We the People should be more proactive when confronted with pathetic service or uncompetitive pricing.