That guy splicing fiber in a completely demolished area is a friggin CHAMPION.
I have always heard that consumer broadband is highly monopolised in the USA, is that not the case? It comes third in the article’s table of least concentrated markets.
It is highly monopolized, but the monopolies are regional (aftershock of the RBOCs) and usually have competition in the form of the cableco (TV wiring turned into Internet) and CLECs.
This sums it up well.
There’s generally no more than two or three cable TV providers that serve DOCSIS modems, any telephone companies, who generally use DSL, and one or both might provide fiber.
Here, we have two phone companies (one crosses through town and does a lot in our uptown commercial and residential district, the other is fucking Windstream: worse than AT&T by a long shot.), the cable company, or wireless, which isn’t any good.
Thankfully the only ones that do data caps in town are satellite and cellular.
Are articles on society or politics no longer off-topic?
Sshh, don’t poke the bear. We’ve been tiptoeing around the bear so that we could read and discuss this primarily technical article about a case study in the resilience of the internet.
Perhaps the trick is to explore the solutions but avoid the problems.
It’s a technical article how ripe observes the network during a “human made disruption” in the area, why that is the case and how you can compare this with your country. (It’s more or less the bus-effect of ISPs) And I’m actually impressed how well it holds out.