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Ever Wonder Why Your Cable Guy Shows Up Whenever He Wants And Doesn't Seem Sorry? This Explains It.

Sure, cable guys show up late sometimes, and that's pretty annoying. The issue is actually because of his bosses: the cable company executives. The below charts only refer to the highest speed of Internet for consumers these days. You know, the gaming, movie-streaming, wonderfully fast downloads kind (so your current cable provider says). A lot of customers in the United States only have one choice — the choice providers have convinced most of us we want. A lot of us would pay just about anything for that, wouldn't we? And that's not the late cable guy's fault, it's his bosses'.

Percent of household broadband choices (10 Mbps or higher in the United States)


Pricing per megabit of data around the world

To reiterate: A lot of us don't even need Internet this fast. And yet having no choice for the kind of Internet most people want in this country — even though a lot of us don't need it — is creating an unfair monopoly in certain places. Or, you know, paying 13 times what Japan pays for the same exact thing.