Not improving

Internet access in the US is actually getting worse — unknown to most — as more and more ISPs push data caps onto their customers.

It doesn’t matter if you have a 100Mbs connection if you can use all of your 150GB cap in less than five hours downloading at top speed.

The reason for this retrogression is that most of the ISPs are also content providers and producers, and they are attempting to eliminate competition from Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services.

Most people — being too ignorant for their own good — will not complain until it is already too late. That 150GB cap which seems generous now won’t seem so great when in five or 10 years you are watching a 4K movie streamed over the internet, and three of those movies in a month can exceed your entire cap.

Or in 10 years one game does it. (Even now, some games are more than 40GB. That will only increase.)

In most of the rest of the world, caps for landline broadband don’t exist or are disappearing. In the US, they are becoming nearly inescapable. It will only get worse.

For this reason, many 3rd-world countries (for lack of a better term) now have considerably better and cheaper internet access than the US.

Bandwidth is just insanely cheap. It is nothing like electricity or water (which is what your ISP wants you to believe). Nothing. If a network is idle, it costs the ISP absolutely zero to move data across it. And adding more capacity these days is so cheap you can do with a million dollars (nothing to an ISP) what 10 years ago when there were no caps would’ve cost $100 million. Really.

Well, it was a nice internet while we had it.