The European Broadband Story

Bumped into this video a few weeks ago that tells the story about broadband in Europe and how it went from a duopoly (like what we currently see in the U.S.), to a more competitive system, with all sides winning.

Note: the video is about 16 minutes long, but is worth your time. Check it out here.

There are those who argue that this is a model that we can use here in the U.S in order to bring broadband speeds up, while decreasing cost for the consumer.

What do you think? Can this work in the states? Are there merits to the current system?

I’ll leave you with this fun graph, depicting the amount of choice Americans currently have for broadband (96% have two or fewer):

1 Comment

  1. Michael Elling on December 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Luis,

    Thanks for posting this. One needs to go back to the break-up of AT&T and the resulting price changes by the bell monopolies to begin to understand both the origins of the internet and the resulting demand for broadband. The model should have been perpetuated, but misguided policy makers enacted a neutered Telecom Act of 1996 which ended up as a “well-intentioned farce” and resulted in a 15 year collapse of competition. There is nothing special about the UK experience except they executed on a portion of deregulation better than we did.
    Michael