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Comcast, others, adjust broadband price based on where you live

In the middle of a US network neutrality debate, and its legal counter-attack (see elsewhere in this issue) it seems reasonable to look in detail at the state of broadband in the US, and that was the intention this week of a pair of Harvard academics, fellow David Talbot and Law School coordinator Kira Hessekiel, with the help of some of their students. The paper can be viewed here. All they did was a project on broadband pricing, focusing on US community broadband suppliers of fiber to the home, in 40 regions in the US, and the pricing pressure they were under from traditional cable providers. But because of incidental findings, that Comcast in particular, and cable generally, charge different…

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