The discussion at Reddit over the new New America Foundation broadband cost study is interesting. A great deal of the discussion seems to be about the fact that broadband costs and speeds in other countries aren’t quite so superb, especially in less dense countries or rural areas.

Higher broadband speeds and lower costs tend to be associated with relatively dense countries/regions, government ownership or control of the providers and taxpayer subsidies.

While the study is interesting, the fact remains that direct comparisons are extremely difficult with so many variables, and the tradeoffs are not always apparent.