The Cost of Connectivity 2013

October 30, 2013

The Cost of Connectivity 2013
Source: New America Foundation

Last year, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute published The Cost of Connectivity, a first-of-its-kind study of the cost of consumer broadband services in 22 cities around the world.[1] The results showed that, in comparison to their international peers, Americans in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are paying higher prices for slower Internet service. While the plans and prices have been updated in the intervening year, the 2013 data shows little progress, reflecting remarkably similar trends to what we observed in 2012.

The 2013 data release includes:

  1. A comparison of “triple play” offerings that bundle Internet, phone, and television services;
  2. A comparison of the fastest Internet package available in each city;
  3. A survey of the best available home Internet plan for approximately $35 USD in each city;
  4. A survey of the best available mobile Internet plan for approximately $40 USD in each city;
  5. A comparison of the cost of 2 GB of mobile data in each city.
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