But most of us have low quality Internet connections.
Om pays about $450 a year for over 200 Mbps to the home in San Francisco (of course these speed checks don't measure the connection properly, but they give a sense of the speeds - most Americans will see less than a 10th of this in their tests and much worse in real world performance)
What do you pay? A friend in Copenhagen has about a dozen plans to select from and pays about $25 a month for 100 Mbps up and downstream (fiber to the home). Her provider doesn't even provide email and they don't have TV or phone service. You get all of those from different companies. Your network connections is just that and nothing else. The companies don't have conflicting interests.
In the US connectivity in many areas seems to be going backwards ... One regular reader of this blog has some real horror stories.