More fun with cable internet prices

13 Aug

Friday’s comparison of service offerings from North American cable broadband providers once again proved quite popular. A few readers asked me to share my data so that they could build on it and include DSL and other providers. I’ve done that in the form of a public Google Doc spreadsheet, which can be found here.

Feel free to add to it – I’ll be checking in periodically to see what people come up with.

As a bonus to Friday’s chart, here’s a comparison of upload speeds on those same services previously compared. I didn’t include these last week in order to keep that chart simple:

As is obvious, upload speeds from Canadian providers – with the exception of Eastlink – are pretty bad in the slower 30-megabit-per-second download tier when compared to U.S. counterparts, while the reverse is true on the faster 100 Mbps service tier. I don’t have any theories for this discrepancy, but would love to hear anyone else’s.

Also, it’s important to keep these comparisons in perspective. Neither Canada nor the United States are paragons of broadband service, globally speaking. In average upload speeds, for example, the U.S. ranks 42nd in the world while Canada is 66th, according to Ookla’s Net Index.

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