And that post explains the Olympics, art, and literature. And virtually every other endeavor where one compares their work to another's.
A thing measured improves.
True competitors don't slow down when they reach the top. They never give their competition a chance to catch up.
Your peers are your competition . Your customers, clients, or fans are your audience. Your peers are not your judge, your audience is. Listening to your competitors for advice is fraught with peril.
You need not deal with competitive people. Just buy their product, that's really all they ever wanted anyways.
And yes, in the US, we have room to improve how we regulate ISPs. They should be either carriers that set honest expectations and adhere to them, or purely competitive entities that receive no subsidies from the public and need none. Think Universal Service Fund, for instance. But that doesn't mean other nations are so much better. South Korea is approximately the size of Virginia, with six times the population, and has fabulous Internet. If Virginia had a population of 50 million, their Internet service might be a lot different than it is. Comparing Internet service in the US to other nations is mostly pointless.