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Just a thought on the higher delays in comparison to Europe you mentioned:
Since PC World definitely would have measured End-to-End RTTs, maybe US Wireless Carrier's infrastructure that's necessary to enforce fair use policies, metered billing, lawful interception and whatnot is even more bloated than in Europe.
Also, maybe they already have some kind of Deep Packet Inspection in place and on every packet, a lookup in the whitelist tables has to be performed (whitelist currently might only contain "*/*" so every packet gets a 'do not inspect').


It's not only about speed and RTT:

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