Internet providers hoping to lower the broadband bar

According to a 2008 study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States ranked 19th in the world for internet speed with an advertised rate (far different from reality) of 9.6 megabytes per second (mbps). The top three countries were Japan with 92.8 mbps, Korea with 80.8 mbps and France with 51 mbps.

And in most cases, even if you’re paying $60 per month for the highest internet speeds, say from Comcast, they tell you it’s piping in at 12-15 mbps, but really it fluctuates between 5 mbps and 9 mpbs.

The good news is that these American internet service providers want to lower the bar instead of raising it to the Un-American standards of other countries.

“It would be disruptive and introduce confusion if the commission were to now create a new and different definition,” Verizon said in its letter to the FCC.

Comcast Corp, the biggest cable provider, said that “simpler is better” and that the actual online experience of any particular consumer at any particular moment in time involves a wide range of factors.

“Many of which are outside the control of the Internet service provider,” Comcast said in its letter, which argued for defining “basic” broadband as having a downstream and upstream speed of 0.256 mbps.

It’s good to see American companies succumbing to the time-honored American tradition of doing the least amount as possible and calling it good enough.

Really, when all is said and done with the American Empire, cultures will look back at our politicians, artists, companies and overall legacy and say, yup, America sure did know how to lower the bar; instead of rising to get over a higher and higher bar they just decided to crawl underneath it and call it progress.

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