You're seriously trying to compare Bucharest to the entire US? Let's see, Bucharest is about 226 sq km, whereas the US is 9.6M, sq km. Population, 1.7M to 333M. Delivering Internet across the US is multiple orders of magnitude harder than supplying Internet to a single city.@m3tavision @waclark
People are making way too many assumptions and they are trying to make too many excuses for the theoretical limits of the infrastructure when that infrastructure is paid by you multiple times with both the subscription and the taxes you pay to the state. The infrastructure in the US, which is 100% controlled by the ISPs, is built with government money, aka your money.
If your neighbour is affecting your internet, then you can 100% blame the ISP. It is their fault for poor, cheap, old equipment and cables.
Come to Bucharest, where almost everybody has 1Gbps internet for 9$ unlimited monthly and tell me that my neighbours are affecting my internet. If I see any drop in internet stability, I immediately call the ISP and 100% of the time it is because they are either repairing or changing something to the local infrastructure.
It's really hard to do a direct comparison between our 2 countries because they are vastly different in regard to taxation and economics. But I do see that Romania has had some investment from the EU for Internet build-out, so those are someone's tax dollars as well.
The US can do better, there's no question, but supplying Internet to even half of the US population is far more costly than anything Bucharest has done. We do need to overhaul our laws regarding Internet service providers. Competition was limited in the beginning and the build-out was largely government funded. However, in 2020 private sector companies invested nearly $80B USD (in a single year) compared to the $65B the Federal government will spend over the next 10 years.