New York Times editor Saul Hansell examines why broadband service is faster -- and cheaper -- in many other countries. In Japan, he writes, broadband service running at 150 megabits per second (Mbps) costs $60 a month. The fastest service available now in the United States is 50 Mbps at a price of $90 to $150 a month. In London, $9 a month buys 8 Mbps service. In New York, broadband starts at $20 per month, for 1 Mbps. Urban density explains much of the disparity, Hansell writes, adding: "In most of the world, by far the most common way...

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