After the FCC voted on Tuesday to approve rules that would prohibit ISPs from blocking, throttling, or slowing the transmission of online content, some in the broadband industry are expressing disappointment that the agency did not use more specific language that would have prevented these actions.The move was intended to clarify the agency's previous language that prohibited such actions only aga...
Posted September 02, 2018 07:17:06 Consumers are paying a higher price for higher quality broadband than ever before, thanks to the rise of the Internet of Things.
And they’re finding it more difficult to get the service they want.
The U.S. government is trying to keep up with the demand for broadband and has begun buying the bandwidth to provide it.
But the demand hasn’t been matched by the amount of bandwidth available.
In fact, the U.K. is spending as much as $1 billion a year just to get its homes online, according to the Daily Telegraph.
That’s a fraction of the U,S.
and Australia’s combined investment in the Internet.
“We have to start taking our broadband into account,” said Tom White, director of communications at the Information Technology Industry Council, which advocates for Internet infrastructure.
“We have a lot of broadband in Australia, but we have a big broadband gap.”
The problem is the lack of broadband infrastructure is only one of many issues facing Australians.
Most Australians are stuck with an ageing infrastructure.
In the first six months of 2018, just 8 per cent of homes had a broadband connection, according a government report.
It’s a stark contrast to the United Kingdom, which has seen a rapid rise in internet access over the past decade.
Since 2010, Britain has seen the rate of internet penetration grow at more than twice the rate in the U of A’s first six years of availability.
As more Australians have moved online, their internet speeds have slowed, said White.
There’s also a shortage of landline broadband, which can be expensive and slow to deploy.
When it comes to internet access, the United States has the highest penetration rate of all countries, with 70 per cent connected to a broadband service. But the U