How so? Crawford lays out the numbers: In Hong Kong, Crawford says, a citizen can purchase 500 megabit data pipeline for $25 a month. In Seoul, the same service is $30 a month, but subscribers have a choice of three different providers, all of whom will set up a connection within a day because of cutthroat competition.
But in New York City, arguably the most industrialized city in the U.S., the same connection costs $200, and subscribers have no choice of providers.
Change within the telecommunications industry may come from an unlikely source: other corporations. Google’s Fiber project, an experimental broadband network that delivers speedy, inexpensive Internet to chosen communities, has forced Time Warner Cable to increase speeds and lower prices. Similar projects might help spark change among telecommunications monopolies across the country.