I began this in the Conspiracy Theories folder, under the ""Why?" -- A look on conspiracy theorists" thread.
Only the first paragraph is duplicated:
Here's the rest of the story:There is a conspiracy behind the slow-down of your dial-up. Before the proliferation of DSL and Cable Modems, dial-up services used to compete on a speed basis. Since then, however, the only reason people go with dial-up any more is because they either believe they can't afford DSL/Cable, or because DSL/Cable isn't available (either in their area, or they're on the road, etc.)
The cost of maintaining a 56k dial-up service is almost as much as maintaining a Cable/DSL service. To reduce costs, the dial-up service providers aggregate a lot more users on their backbone than they used to. You'll connect at 56k, but your actual throughput will seldom be more than 24k these days, unless you're calling at 3am.
Here's another conspiracy: As I previously mentioned, "The cost of maintaining a 56k dial-up service is almost as much as maintaining a Cable/DSL service."
So why does the service cost between twice and six times as much?
Because they've got the consumer convinced that's what it takes.
The reality is that they're making money hand over fist, folks, particularly the cable modem folks, although the profit margins aren't all that different (about 17%).
Consider the cost of VDSL (a high-speed version of DSL) in Seoul, Korea: $33.
The effective, measured throughput is 10 Mbps. That's not the connection speed, it's the actual throughput. I know a guy who routinely downloads, from the US, 1 GB files and it takes him between 12 and 15 minutes.
US Internet Service Providers are ripping us off, folks.
Five years ago, when these services first began to proliferate, it did indeed cost $35 to maintain an 800kbps connection. These days, $35 should buy you 10 Mbps, without question. There are some issues with respect infrastructure capability, but if all you've got is a 1.5Mbps connection, then realistically you shouldn't be paying more than $10 a month.
Write your Congressman. There's absolutely no reason you should be paying more than $5 per Mbps of bandwidth these days, as the average cost to the ISPs is well under $2 per Mbps.