Diadem wrote:The Vihart video mentioned that internet is much more expensive in the US then elsewhere. That made me wonder. What do you guys pay for internet? And how fast is the internet you are getting.
I'm just done signing up for internet for my new home, and the system we have here (The Netherlands) is quite strange, but probably quite good. There's actually two companies involved in your internet. One that owns the cables, and one that provides the connection. So while i can't chose which company owns the physical fiber that connects to my house, I can chose which ISP I want, and I can easily switch.
Still damn expensive though. I basically pay 65 euros for 100mbit (+tv and phone), with some bonuses for new customers throw in. I picked one of the more expensive ISPs, but even the cheapest ones were like 50 euros.
In Pennsylvania I have a similar set up for my electrical bill. One company owns the wires and collects a fee for that regardless, but then I can choose my "producer" from several dozen options, some are cheaper, some are "green", etc.
For the record, 65 euros, about $90, will get you about 50 Mb/s + tv, or 100 Mb/s for internet alone, where I live. Of course, in the US they always have introductory rates for new customer, which then go up significantly after a year or so. Apparently if I were a new customer I could get 100 Mb/s for $60. Right now I think I'm paying $70 for 60 Mb/s + "tv" that I don't use and don't want. That's the second discount I've had, after my first one expired and I called to get a new one*. This one will expire in a couple months, but I'm looking to move to a new place, and hopefully I can work it out so that I'm treated as a "new" customer again.
*If you can convince them that you might actually switch services, they will renew your introductory rate or offer you a similar new discount. Fortunately for me, Verizon came into my area with FIOS last year, so I had a legitimate alternative and so I was able to get a new discount.