New York Internet Users Are Paying More For Less
Sarah Jacoby Nov. 7, 2013, 9 a.m.
If you feel like your Wi-Fi speed isn’t living up to its price tag, you’re definitely not alone.
A report released last week suggests that Americans living in big cities, like New York and Los Angeles, are paying higher prices for slower Internet than those in comparable international cities.
The study comes from nonprofit think thank the New America Foundation and surveyed the monthly price, upload and download speed, as well as the penalties for exceeding your data cap from ISPs in 24 cities around the world. In their Best Bang For Your Buck rankings, New America’s Open Technology Institute placed Seoul in first, Mexico City last and New York 10th, just behind Prague and just ahead of Washington, D.C.
But according to the study, the best deal in the U.S. is in New York: For 150 Mbps home broadband connection, Verizon Fios will charge $130.
This report follows up on last year’s but adds Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., in light of the recent availability of Google Fiber in those cities. They ranked surprisingly low, at 21st and 23rd, respectively. The study explains that “the majority of the Google Fiber deployments remain in the construction or planning phase,” so this isn’t exactly surprising. But both cities are tied for fastest wireless speeds with Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo.