The past several years here in the U.S. high speed internet seemed to be booming. Many companies were competing with one another with what seemed to be a faster internet speed than the competitor. I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but where I live it seems to have peaked or leveled off now.
You will generally find the faster speeds with cheaper competitive rates in and around larger cities. Get out of the urban/suburban and speeds seem to drop and prices rise. Which makes sense. It is cheaper to connect a large group of people in one area, than it is to connect a smaller group of people over a larger land area.
In urban locations here in the U.S. you will find 50 Mbps and even 100 Mbps with a reasonable price tag. Head on out to a rural country location and you might be lucky to find a 1 Mbps connection at upwards of two to three times the price you would pay in the city. That is if you can even find a company that provides coverage to the location.
I know someone that lives just three to five miles out of town and DSL, Cable, and Wireless internet is not available at their location. The only internet company they could find was Satellite internet. You know the kind that goes on your roof. The speed is just 2 Mbps and is $70 per month during a promotional period, after that it is nearly $100 per month. But, here in town service is available for just $30 per month and comes with a much faster speed.
I hear people around the world talking about how fast internet is in their country for a reasonable price. I have heard Japan, South Korea, and parts of Europe referred to fairly often for fast speeds. Which is probably true.
Take Japan for example. The land area of Japan would be similar in size to the state of Montana. If everyone here in the U.S. lived in the state of Montana it would be easy to connect everyone to a super fast internet for a very cheap price. If you look at South Korea, and many countries in Europe they are much smaller in size or land area than the U.S. Which makes it both cheaper and easier to build a high speed network in those areas.
Much of the U.S. is still very rural and sparsely populated. We have a lot of rugged mountains, and plains that go on for miles and miles. I have been to parts of the country and actually seen more animals and wildlife than people. I know it’s hard to believe if you spent most of your life in the city, but it does exist yet.
Will these rural and remote parts of the U.S. ever be fully connected to high speed internet? I don’t know. It’s hard to imagine if you are not familiar with country living. You might just assume or expect them to be connected.
What am I getting at? We still have a long way to go before we can say the entire country is connected to high speed broadband internet. And, even longer before we could say that about the entire planet.