The Broadband Conundrum


I have always wondered what it was (is) like to be one of the last ones to get access to electricity or to be able to have a telephone line at your house.  I own a piece of property that got access to electricity in 1940, telephone lines didn’t come until after World War II.  Today, the best dial-up connection that I ever get is 40 kbps, and the only way to get broadband (aka “a high speed internet connection”) is to sign up for satellite service – which is a little too expensive for my tastes.  A “wired” broadband connection is only 3 miles away, but it seems like a long 3 miles as it may be years before that trunk line gets extended to my house.


Broadband access and capabilities differ from neighborhood to neighborhood, city to city, county to county, and state to state in the United States.  More often than not, it is the rural communities that are the last to gain access to these “wired” innovations.  The speeds and availability of broadband also greatly differs from country to country.  South Korea is the “most connected” country in the world with 70-80% of the households have a broadband connection.   


To help understand all of the differences, perhaps you could respond to these questions as a comment to the blog:



  1. What country do you live in? 

  2. Do you have mutliple options for broadband service? 

  3. What type of broadband service do you have?  

  4. What are the download / upload speeds?

  5. How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?

 t.


 


Comments (64)

  1. Anonymous says:

      1. Denmark

      2. Yes

      3. ADSL

      4. 4 MBit / 768 kBit

      5. 400 kroner = 73 USD a month (flatrate)

  2. Anonymous says:

    What country do you live in?

    UK

    Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?

    Yes, Cable/ADSL/Dial Up

    What type of broadband service do you have?

    Cable (with Virgin Media)

    What are the download / upload speeds?

    10Mbit down/~300Kbit up

    How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?

    Flat Fee £10 a month for internet, top TV package and phone rental ($20) – However, this is because someone in the house works for Virgin Media and it is a (beta) testing account for new services. Normal price would be £35 per month. ($70)

  3. Anonymous says:

    1. Denmark

    2. yes

    3. ADSL

    4. 4mb/sek (download)

    5. 400ddk a month (about 73 USD)

  4. Anonymous says:

    1. What country do you live in? Norway

    2. Do you have mutliple options for broadband service? Yes

    3. What type of broadband service do you have? Cable

    4. What are the download / upload speeds? 2000/350

    5. How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)? About USD40 pr. month, flat fee.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh yeah…that $73.99 is unlimited/flat rate.

  6. Anonymous says:

    1. USA (Florida)

    2. Yes

    3. Cable (although I’m itching to switch to WiMax if it becomes available).  I need something abit more hurricane resistant.  Cable is usually the first to go.

    4. 8mb/768

    5. $54.99 (flat)

  7. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. Yes (Fiber, Qwest, Comcast, Dial-up, other broadband companies)

    3. Fiber

    4. 15 Mbps DOWN / 15 Mbps UP (yes, that’s fifteen megabits both ways)

    5. $73.99 <- includes taxes (Internet and phone bundle)

  8. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. Yes, Cable or DSL

    3. Cable

    4. 3.5MB down/400kps up (advertised is something like 7down/1up… liars)

    5. Flat $42.95 + $5 Cable modem rental

  9. Anonymous says:

    1. The Netherlands

    2. Cable and ADSL, as far as I know.

    3. ADSL.

    4. 3000Kb/s down, 512Kb/s up.

    5. €40,- flat fee.

  10. Anonymous says:

    1.) Australia

    2.) Yes (Cable, xDSL, DSL2, Sattelite, Dialup, Wireless, HSDPA)

    3.) Cable

    4.) 21mbit down/ 256k Upload

    5.) $54.95 (It is meant to be 129,95, but with bundling and contracts it is cheaper)

    At the moment Telstra are trying to start a huge project and bring FTTN here in Australia but our lowsy government are being the ‘tin-foil hat’ type.See here: http://www.nowwearetalking.com.au

  11. Anonymous says:

    1. Germany

    2. ADSL / SDSL / VDSL / Cable

    3. Telekom T-Home (VDSL 50)

    4. Down 50 MBit (~4.4 MByte / 4500 kb) / Up 10 MBit (~1.2 MByte / 950 kb)

    5. €100 inkluded Telephone Monthly Fee, MS IPTV, Bundesliga TV (Soccer Pay TV), Internet Flat

  12. Anonymous says:

    1. Moscow, Russian Federation

    2. Yes, Cable/ADSL/Dial Up

    3. ADSL

    4. 2048 down / 512 up

    5. $35, Flat

  13. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. Yes

    3. ADSL

    4. 7500 kbs down/ 1064 kbs up

    5. $26.99/month flat fee

  14. Anonymous says:

    1. Switzerland

    2. ADSL or Cable

    3. ADSL

    4. 3.5mbit down/300kbit up

    5. 50CHF ~ 40USD (Flat)

  15. Anonymous says:

    1. UK

    2. No. Although I live in the centre of town it’s apparently not economically viable to install cable in my road

    3. ADSL

    4. 8MB down 448K up as advertised – router repots 7616k down

    5. £24.99 p/m flat fee unlimited (approx $50)

  16. Anonymous says:

    1. Mainz, Germany

    2. No

    3. ADSL

    4. ADSL equivalent plan 2048Kbps/256Kbps

    5. Flat fee.(aprox $25) per month

  17. Anonymous says:

    1.  The United States

    2.  Yes

    3.  Verizon FiOS (Fiber Optic)

    4.  5mb down / 2mb up

    5.  Flat fee – $34.95 /mo.

  18. Anonymous says:

    – Austria

    – cable, xDSL, UMTS

    – xDSL

    – 4MBit/2MBit

    – About 60 euros i think, i am not sure. 10GB limit per month.

  19. Anonymous says:

    > 1. What country do you live in?

    UK

    > 2. Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?

    Yes. Numerous DSL ISPs, plus cable.

    > 3. What type of broadband service do you have?  

    ADSL2+ c15Mbps

    > 4. What are the download / upload speeds?

    Actual throughput is c13Mbps / 1Mbps

    > 5. How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?

    Flat. 25ukp/month inc taxes.

    If you want to know more about European broadband ISPs, availability, speeds and packages please get in touch with me via JupiterResearch or my signed on email here.

  20. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. YES, Cable, DSL, and Dish

    3. Cable

    4. I have 15MPS down, and 2 MPS up but 30MPS down is available.

    5. $49.95

  21. Anonymous says:

    1. China

    2. Yes. ADSL,Cable, and Dial up

    3. ADSL

    4. 500Kb/s

    5. 150 RMB, flat fee

  22. Anonymous says:

    1. United States of America

    2. Yes  

    3. Verizon FiOS (Fiber Optic)  

    4. 50Mbps down / 5Mbps up

    5. $89, flat fee

    I am hoping to get 100Mbps down and at least 10mbps up soon w. the same pay level.  Right now this is fast as I can get.  I wouldn’t mind gigabit either 😛

  23. Anonymous says:

    1. India

    2. Yes

    3. ADSL

    4. 128 kbps u/d during day. 256 kbps u/d during night (10 pm to 6 am). Unlimited bandwidth.

    5. Flat fee of INR 780 per month (around USD 18). Includes ADSL modem rental (INR 90). I should probably buy one myself.

  24. Anonymous says:

    1. Ireland

    2. No

    3. None 🙁

    4. 7K down, 4K up

    5. €25/month for 150 hours

  25. Anonymous says:

    1. Canada

    2. Two choices, Shaw Cable and Telus ADSL

    3. Shaw Cable

    4. 4421 kbps down; 473 kbps up

    5. $42.95 (unlimited flat rate)

  26. Anonymous says:

    1. New Zealand

    2. Live in a rural area which hasjust got DSL service 2 months ago. Until then satellite was the only option (which I had for a couple of years)

    3. ADSL

    4. DSL rates are 7Mbps down and 160kbps up (usually get around 1-3Mbps downloads)

    5. $60/month, no speed limit, 10Gig data cap. Over 10Gig, speed drops to dialup.

  27. Anonymous says:

      1. Australia

      2. ADSL/ADSL2/SDSL/ISDN/Satellite/Wireless DSL

      3. ADSL2

      4. At the moment 6.7Mbps down / 1024Mbps up

      5. Flat rate $59.95 month AUD, internet is shaped to 64Kbps if we go over our limit. 🙂

  28. Anonymous says:

    1. Canada

    2. DSL & Cable

    3. Cable

    4. High-speed 7Mbps down, 820Kbps up

    5. 38.95$ CAD (excluding taxes and cable television)

  29. Anonymous says:

    1. France

    2. Yes : ADSL/Cable/Satellite/Dial up/FTTH (soon)

    3. ADSL  

    4. 18Mb/1Mb for me, but up to 28/1 for the same fee

    5. 30€ Flat Fee : with TV (+PVR +TV on computer) + free and unlimited Phone to 49 countries

  30. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. no

    3. cable  

    4. 10mb/1.5mb

    5. 65.99

  31. Anonymous says:

    1. What country do you live in?

    The Netherlands

    2. Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?

    Yes, ADSL and Cable

    3. What type of broadband service do you have?

    ADSL

    4. What are the download / upload speeds?

    Download 1.5 Mb/s

    Upload 256 Kb/s

    5. How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?

    Flat fee: € 25.00

  32. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. yes, cable, Fios, dsl

    3. cable

    4. 15 mb download – 2 mb upload

    5. $45 – flat fee

  33. Anonymous says:

    1. India

    2. Yes

    3. Cable Internet

    4. 64 Kb/sec up/down

    5. Flat fee Rs. 400 ($11) per month

  34. Anonymous says:

      1. UK

      2. Yes, cable or adsl

      3. ADSL, with Orange  

      4. 2 down, 512 up

      5. It’s free included with my mobile phone subscription, which is £30 a month

  35. Anonymous says:

    1. Australia

    2. Yes, ADSL 1, ADSL2, Satellite, or wireless internet

    3. ADSL1

    4. 512/256

    5. $60

  36. Anonymous says:

    1. Ontario, Canada

    2. Yes

    3. Cable

    4. 3MB down / 384 up

    5. $51 / mth (unlimited use)

  37. Anonymous says:

    1. Canada

    2. Yes

    3. DSL

    4. 128 kb/sec.

    5. $25 (Canadian Dollars) a month, but more if we go over bandwidth limit.

  38. Anonymous says:

    1. U.S. (Ohio)

    2. No, cable TV available but not Internet access, dialup available but not DSL, Fixed wireless available but signal doesn’t reach my house, cellular broadband available but signal doesn’t reach my house, satellite available but US$500 installation plus US$150 per month and VPN doesn’t work; no change is expected for at least the next 5 years so I’m still living in the stone age but at least I got electric and running water… I thought I was living in a modern technologic country 😉

    3. None

    4.

    5.

  39. Anonymous says:

    1. Denmark

    2. Yes (128Kbs-8Mbs/56Kbs-512Kbs ADSL or 512Kbs-10Mbs/256-512Kbs Cable. Both flat rate and flex rate options are available)

    3. ADSL

    4. 8Mbs/512Kbs

    5. 100$ monthly (flat rate)

  40. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. Two.  DSL & Cable.

    3. Cable

    4. 10 Mbps down (peak) / .4 Mbps up

    5. $45

  41. Anonymous says:

    What country do you live in?:

    –Great Britain

    Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?:

    –Nope, just ADSL over the telphone (cable stops 9 miles away)

    What type of broadband service do you have?:

    –ADSL

    What are the download / upload speeds?:

    –6mb down, 400kbps up (8up/400down advertised)

    How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?:

    –Flat fee, £24.99 ($50) [unlimited flat rate, would be cheaper if I stopped downloading all the time!]

  42. Anonymous says:

    1. Germany

    2. Yes (Cable, ADSL, VDSL=ADSL2)

    3. ADSL

    4. 6029 kBit/s down / 580 kBit/s up

    5. EUR59.95 (data + nationwide phone flat rate)

  43. Anonymous says:

    1. What country do you live in?  

      US (DC)

    2. Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?  

      Yes, ADSL/SDSL/ISDN/Satellite/Wireless/Cable

    3. What type of broadband service do you have?  

      ADSL, as the commenter from the hurricane zone noted, Cable is first to go, most likely last to be restored.

    That also applies to all the other services except (underground based) POTS systems.

    OK, Satellite should work, if the user remembered to bring in the antenna before the "big" winds hit the area.

    Most these residential services will not be considered "critical" or "priority" except for "dial tone" for POTS systems.

    I was in Florida for Hurricane Andrew, in 1992. We lost dial-up access to CompuServe for a few day because the 800 system was not working locally and "long lines" were busy, however, if you could get "dial tone" for dial-up access (read slower then slow) text based e-mail works great and you can keep in touch.  

    4. What are the download / upload speeds?

      1.5MB down / 384 up

    5. How much do you pay per month?  Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)? about $60.00 month with 20 hours a month of "dial up" access. [I have not used it years, but the first month I drop it, I will need it.

  44. Anonymous says:

    1. Sao Paulo, Brazil

    2. Cable/ADSL

    3. ADSL

    4. 512kbps down / 128kbps up

    5. ~US$40 plus ISP fee ~US$17 per month

  45. Anonymous says:

    1. United Kingdom

    2. Yes. DSL & Cable.

    3. ADSL

    4. 2.2 Mbps down / 0.4 Mbps up

    5. £22.99 ($46) each month. Flat rate, with download limit of 8GB each month (as long as you don’t regularly exceed this they won’t cut you off.)

  46. Anonymous says:

    1: Canada (Alberta)

    2: Cable, ADSL, Satellite, Fibre (Prov. Govt spent $3B to fibre the entire province)

    3: ADSL (multiple)

    What are the download / upload speeds?

    4: 4.0Mbit/1.0Mbit & 2.5Mbit/1.0Mbit

    How much do you pay per month?

    5: $160CA & $80CA (Flat for both

  47. Anonymous says:

    1. USA  

    2. Yes (Cable, Satellite, NO DSL)

    3. Cable Modem (Comcast, formerly Adelphia)

    4. 3.5 Mbps(down) / 0.4 Mbps(up)

    5. $53 (prox) Flat Fee, Unlimited bandwidth as far as I know.

  48. Anonymous says:

      1. Malawi

      2. Yes.  2 dial-up providers, 4 providers that use wireless connections to their satellite link

      3. Wireless from home office to satellite provider  

      4. 256 kbps max (irrespective of upload/download split); actual speed varies pretty significantly

      5. $675 flat rate per month (yes, it’s highway robbery; 512kbps was $1,500 a month)

    Most aid agencies, government offices & non-governmental organizations use this type of set-up, although constrain their connection speed to 64kbps or 128 kbps shared amongst everyone in their office.

  49. Anonymous says:

      1. Saudi Arabia.

      2. Yes (ADSL, Satellite)

      3. ADSL

      4. 1 Mbit/ 256K

      5. $175 Flat (one of the most expensive in the world)

  50. Anonymous says:

      1. US

      2. Yes

      3. FIOS  

      4. 15down,2up(real life 12-13down, 1.8up)

      5. about $45 flat fee

  51. Anonymous says:

    1. Austria

    2. cable, xDSL, UMTS

    3. cable

    4. 3MBit/384kBit

    5. 60 € with (free-)TV and telephone rental. fair use flat fee

  52. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. Yes

    3. Wireless (via special antenna/receiver setup)

    4. 150kbs down (don’t know the up)

    5. $20 flat

  53. Anonymous says:

    1. France

    2. Yes (ADSL, Cable, soon optic fiber)

    3. ADSL

    4. 2 Mbs down/ 1064 kbs up

    5. 30€/month flat fee (With TV + phone)

  54. Anonymous says:

      1. What country do you live in?

    Wellington, New Zealand

      2. Do you have mutliple options for broadband service?

    Yes – Cable, DSL, wireless (WiMax), Sat

    Other cities: DSL, Sat (Sat is REALLY expensive)

    Outside of cities: DSL, Sat or nothing

      3. What type of broadband service do you have?  

    Cable.  

    4. What are the download / upload speeds?

    10meg/2meg

     5. How much do you pay per month?

    $130 NZ/month.

     Is it a flat fee or a variable fee (based on usage)?

    Usage based – 80GB/month. over that is $5/10GB.

    Most of NZ is on DSL – like around 90%. DSL is usually full rate/full rate (around 4-8meg/512k-768k), tho a lot is still full rate / 128k.

    "No data cap" options are available, but they are "managed", so the speed is total cr@p. p2p/bittrrent is throttled to around 10k/s.

    With a data cap,the speed is better (good luck getting full speed tho), but you pay if you go over your cap. Most people have a 5-10GB cap.

  55. Anonymous says:

    1. US

    2. Yes (DSL, Cable (2), FiOS within the year)

    3. RCN Cable 10mbit

    4. 10mbit/800KB

    5. $30 (bundled with TV and Phone)

  56. Anonymous says:

    1: SINGAPORE

    2: Yes; ADSL, Cable, WiFi

    3: Cable  

    4: I have 6Mbps Down – 384Kbps Up;

      The ISP offer up to 100Mbps Down for about USD 80 per month

    5: I pay ~ USD 35 per month; no limit

  57. Anonymous says:

    1. USA

    2. Yes, if I believe my phone company’s sales team. In reality, with a 29,000′ local loop for "dsl", no. I only have one option.

    3. Cable modem.

    4. Cable company says 6Mbps down, ~400 kbps up. The best I’ve ever seen is about 3 Mbps down and 200 kbps up.

    5. I’d have to break it out of my cable bill for an exact number, but around $45/mo.

  58. Anonymous says:

    1. Sweden

    2. Cable / ADSL

    3. Cable

    4. 24Mbit down / 1Mbit up

    5. $60 Flat

  59. Anonymous says:

    1) Sweden

    2) ADSL

    3) ADSL

    4) 24Mbit down / 1Mbit up

    5) 349 SEK flatrate ($51)

  60. Anonymous says:

    1. Caracas, Venezuela

    2. Yes, ADSL or Cable

    3. Right now Cable, but I’m going to switch to another provider (ADSL)

    4. Cable minimum 1024Kbps/128Kbps, ADSL equivalent plan 1024Kbps/512Kbps

    5. Flat fee. ~ Bs. 100.000,00 (aprox $50) per month

  61. Anonymous says:

    1: UK

    2: ADSL, no cable

    3: ADSL (Plusnet MaxDSL up to 8 MB)

    4: 1.2-1.8 mbps down, 256 kbps up

    5: £29.99 a month flat rate

    Traffic managed if you exceed 35GB/month peak time, unlimited usage off peak.

  62. Anonymous says:

    1. Australia

    2. ADSL (2/2+ AnnexM), 3G wireless

    3. ADSL2+

    4. 24Mb Down / 1.2Mb Up

    5. $45AUD (10GB a month)

    HybridShadow – You do realise that Telstra want it exclusively for themselves and we all know how bad they are for pricing. Also that website is merely propaganda and is actually a Telstra site.

  63. Anonymous says:

    1. Germany (Berlin)

    2. Yes, mostly ASDL from several provders, cable, satellite, UMTS/HSDPA, WiMAX in some rural areas

    3. ADSL

    4. 6144kbps downstream, 640kbps upstream

    5. 44,85EUR/month, flat fee, both for national phone calls and broadband internet

  64. Anonymous says:

    1. Iceland

    2. Cable, ADSL2+, Fibre (from 4 ISP’s)

    3. ADSL2+

    4. 12Mbps dl/800Kbps ul

    5. $100US (6490ISK) flat rate (Icelandic ISP’s used to charge for international dl, and still do so for the less expensive accounts with the rate of 2.5ISK for 1MB over the free limit)

    PS. Iceland was the "most connected" country in the last ITU report http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/newslog/SearchView.aspx?q=%22broadband%20statistics%22