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Sony Offers 2 Gbps Broadband in Japan...For $51
Two-Year Contract, Waived $539 Installation Fee
by Karl Bode 08:24AM Wednesday Apr 17 2013
While we all lust over 1 Gbps connections most of us can't get, Sony-run Japanese ISP So-net Entertainment this week pushed the residential needle to 2 Gbps in Japan. The speedy service is named "Nuro," and will cost 4,980 yen ($51) per month, providing Japanese customers with 2 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream. The service requires users sign a two-year contract and pay a 52,500 yen ($539) installation fee -- which the company says they're waiving if users order the service online. The Nuro service is being offered primarily to smaller apartment complexes in Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama.

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Re: Japan vs United States

This same excuse comes up over and over.

When we're finally behind Siberia, Africa, Antarctica and other areas maybe people will finally realize this excuse for what it is. An excuse.

There are plenty of areas in the USA with comparable population density to many countries that have much higher speeds available at affordable and common rates, and yet here, not so.

The main factor is not urban population density. It is regulatory capture and pro-business policy, anti-competition strategy and lobbyist influence at it's finest.
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