LETTER: Sad state of broadband in the US | Opinion

I don’t think I’m the only one in town using Spectrum and dissatisfied with the service. And that gets worse because there are no other internet providers in my neighborhood. Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite internet company, is gradually increasing its service, but it cannot be delivered fast enough due to the sparse competition in most of the United States. Bakersfield, like most US cities, is at the mercy of a monopoly internet company that crushes competitors through lobbying. They do little to upgrade their infrastructure, set unnecessary data caps on their customers, and curb Internet speeds. As this trend continues, the United States will lag further behind countries that have a fiber optic backbone and can work more effectively in the office or at home.

This ongoing problem was, of course, exacerbated by COVID and the need for millions to work from home, but COVID was not a short-sighted cause for these Internet providers. Anyone interested can read about their gross negligence in Bruce Kashnick’s The Book of Broken Promises: $ 4,000 Billion Broadband Scandal & FreetheNet. In short, the US government provided kickbacks and funding to ensure fiber installation across the country more than 20 years ago. Instead, Internet providers have put their money in their pockets. Fiber is coming, but much slower than in other developed countries. And what does it say about the United States when the countries that helped develop the Internet do little to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure that enables the Internet?

— Michael Harp, Bakersfield

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