So why don't US citizens get this?

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at
Mon Jul 28 12:24:04 UTC 2008

On Mon, 28 Jul 2008, Jorge Amodio wrote:

> The US is so spread out that anything to do with transportation, being 
> people, packages, or ip packets becomes quite costly.

Well then, let's take Sweden:

total: 449,964 sq km

This is slightly larger than california. We're 9 million.

I think at least 90% of Swedish households have access to at least ADSL 
2M/1M, and 95% of households have access to 384kbit/s UMTS mobile 

ADSL 24M/1M is around USD50 per month, and should be available to a 
majority of households that live within technical range of COs. 100/10M 
ETTH is cheaper than ADSL 24M/1M and is available to somewhere around 
10-15% of households. Wierdly 100/10M ETTH is more common in the smaller 
cities because of need of competitive advantage, so more money is spent my 
real estate owners there to make sure broadband is available.

So, we're 9 million, Californa is what, 60million, on the same surface 
area. Is there any reason why california, in itself one of the largest 
economies in the world, seems to have problems delivering anything close 
to broadband to its inhabitants? So yes, the US must have structural 
problems here...

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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