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I wonder if a strong public sector has something to do with the fact that European and Asian countries always (supposedly) have so much better networking infrastructure.

Actual competition between providers is probably the major reason. It's amazing how consumer choice can motivate corporations to invest in infrastructure so they can gain marketshare.

China has a huge public sector, a ton of money, and deplorable networking infrastructure. I think it has to do with the size of the country more than anything. Russia's probably not any better than the US either.

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