Just a reminder You already paid for High Speed Fiber Optic Infrastructure in the USA.

Just a reminder You already paid for High Speed Fiber Optic Infrastructure in the USA.

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  1. xolieo

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    My city finished all of their fiber installs last year and decided that they would stop with the building across the street from me. My neighbor gets Gigabit internet for the same price I pay for 50/30. Fios has their truck parks outside at least once a week, presumably to remind me that I got really unlucky.

  2. notcyberpope

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    No we paid for the bribes and implementation of the modern survelence state. It was sold to the people as high speed internet.

  3. maelstromscientist

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    ISPs committed fraud and nobody went to jail. Zero criminal charges. Half a billion dollars straight from the taxpayers into the pockets of CEOs.

    But capitalism is the best system we have, and they are job creators, so nobody will think twice or question them. Got it.

  4. Ghastly_Gibus

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    “Hey we actually did lay the fiber. You never said we had to hook it up.”

  5. skidmark-steve

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I would also like to point out that 1.5Mb/s DSL today is effectively much slower than it was fifteen years ago. Why? Software has gotten massively bloated during this time. As have web pages, often times with crap you neither asked for, nor want being downloaded and run on your machine. “Like” buttons, countless trackers, analytics scripts…

    So, for the most part, not only have Internet speeds in America failed to progress, they’ve regressed, because they’ve failed to keep pace with society. And don’t forget data caps!

  6. coltstrgj

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I don’t want to contradict this completely, because the article is right, but the title of the post is mildly misleading.

    The fiber infrastructure for the ISP is paid for, but the complex (and expensive) part is still left to do. It’s called “[the last mile](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_mile).”

    Basically the ISP’s have fiber to a lot of data centers, other ISP’s, DNS, etc, but they do not have fiber connecting to your house.

  7. gticket

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Google Fiber was going to fix this, but failed. What happened?

  8. M0b1u5

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I got your fibre connection right here, America. Unlimited data on an asymmetric 100mb/30Mb fibre line to my door, with my phone running on it too.

    Just move to New Zealand. 😛

  9. morebettah

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    For those interested in looking further into this, look into ARRA and CAF funding. CAF was intended to be used to upgrade broadband infrastructure in rural and underserved areas across America. However it is only accessible by ILECs and it is not earmarked for construction so Frontier, AT&T, etc can piss the money away on operations, etc and never upgrade service anywhere.

  10. 206Bon3s

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Politicians and companies steal. Shocker.

  11. akruschwitz

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Is there anything american citizens can do to try and resolve this to get faster internet? or is it entirely in the hands of our congressmen now?

  12. unbekanntMann

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I live in Huntsville, AL and my neighborhood just got the notice for installation. I’m trying to refrain from setting unrealistic expectations, but at the very least it gives me more freedom with choosing providers.

  13. ReidenLightman

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Yes we did. But the CEOs of the USA pocketed the Ching Ching.

  14. bardwick

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    I know I’m going to get smacked for this but doing it anyway.
    Besides bragging rights, what difference would 2g speeds be vs. 50mb in your home.
    Game updates and torrents? I guess it’s a question for people who have fiber already, has there been a dramatic impact?

  15. Toad32

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    45MBPS is NOT fiber. Yes, I currently have 55MBPS through camcast for $50 a month, and Netflix+Sling+Hulu+Prime gives me more content than 500 channels. So technically, I have what they were shooting for.

    Not that I like how Comcast and Time Warner took the money and did nothing with it, just that I am technically getting what they were looking for. Also Comcast is the devil and I will be switching to anyone else when I can.

  16. daniel37parker

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Pretty happy I live in the U.K. Where there is actually competition driven markets, for example I could go with bt and get 100/50 for 40 quid a month or I could go with sky and get 150/100 for £36 a month, or I can get symmetrical gigabit internet for £60 a month. I could even get a brand new line installed within 3 days for a small price of course usually £50 standard installation fee.

  17. liliIllill

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    No you didn’t.

    The calculations in that book are hilarious. Which is why it isn’t mentioned anywhere credible.

  18. PSiggS

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Where’s OUR (taxpayers) Fiber Optic connection? You’d better quit focusing your money on repealing our Medicaid, and focus it on bringing corporations to justice for their irresponsibilities.

  19. GetOutOfBox

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Another lovely legacy of the Clintons for America to enjoy. Yup, this was Bill Clinton’s baby.

    Edit: I’m getting downvoted except that this literally came from the Clinton Admin during the 90’s

  20. [deleted]

    July 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

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