Lack of true competition is a main cause. For example where I live the major cable company and phone company pretty much just copy each other. Second there isn't much demand over all for faster speeds.Mick wrote:What I don't understand is, back in 2000 I was doing some work for a famous chip manufacturer in Essex England who were destruction testing electronics designated for the internet. They had systems running faultlessly (apart from the AC bill to keep it all cool) well in excess of 100MBs in 2000 so how come we're still struggling to get the average household over 50MB? Nearly fifteen years and we're still struggling.
Let's face it for standard surfing like emailing, Facebooking, Tweeting, phpBBing , even watching some Youtube or Netflix a 10MB or so connection works well. So while us more geeky ones (me included) would like to see 100MB or so the average person doesn't really care.
Heck I know families still on 1.5Mbps old style DSL and don't care. I have tried talking them into upgrading and they say it is fast enough and works fine. I would go crazy on 1.5Mbps and can't stand it when helping them out. When I am at their house I just use my cell data connection which is rarely below 8Mbps and more often 12Mbps+. I had an Uncle paying for just 5Mbps until just about two years ago. The only reason he upgraded was because he switched companies and got a bundled higher speed.
If you look at many internal private LAN's at corporations 1GB is extremely common. Plus now at many datacenters a growing number have 1Gbps per connection and some are moving toward 10Gbps for their Internet connections. Internally many datacenter are now on 1Gbps and several are beginning to run 10Gbps LANs. I know of one hosting company that offers a 40Gbps connection to their dedicated servers. So the issue again is the ISPes, although commercially there are often more choices.
Bottomline: The teleco's lack of really caring and the public not really demanding faster speed (at least in any high numbers).