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Broadband Use, Prices Rise Together

The good news is that consumer adoption of high-speed Internet is increasing. The bad news? They're paying a lot more for it.

According to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, U.S. broadband penetration now stands at about 63 percent -- up from 55 percent just a year ago.

While Pew points out that broadband penetration among low-income households has grown some 34 percent over the course of the last year, the rates of adoption are still painfully low.

Get all the details at Contentinople.

— Ryan Lawler, Senior Editor, Contentinople

Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 4:02:34 PM
re: Broadband Use, Prices Rise Together

While unpopular I would like to point out that higher broadband revenue as a result of both higher penetration and prices is GOOD for this industry. We haven't caught many breaks in the past 8 years so I'll take this one.

rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 4:02:29 PM
re: Broadband Use, Prices Rise Together

Higher prices aren't necessarily good for the industry.  (I think of it like sayng inflation is good for the economy.)  The goal is productivity/standard of living increases/improvements.  If the increases in revenue are merely going into the pockets of oligarchs who in turn pay graft to politicians who in turn sell a bill of goods to the public/citizens, this probably will have a negative net return per standard of living improvements.  It's pretty obvious that the local loop providers are pretty much strangling innovations/improvements and trying to protect their legacy businesses instead of investing into infrastructures that would serve current and future generations.  It's as bad as handing over all of the higher education systems to a bunch of southern baptists evangelicals.   

ansans 12/5/2012 | 4:02:25 PM
re: Broadband Use, Prices Rise Together When it comes to paying less for broadband use, it must be a matter of time and competion in the market.
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