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August 26, 2009


AFP - The United States ranks 28th in the world in average Internet connection speed and is not making significant progress in building a faster network. . . [A] report by the Communications Workers of America said the average download speed in South Korea is 20.4 megabits per second -- four times faster than the US average of 5.1 mbps. Japan trails South Korea with an average of 15.8 mbps followed by Sweden at 12.8 mbps and the Netherlands at 11.0 mbps, the report said. "The US has not made significant improvement in the speeds at which residents connect to the Internet," the report said. "Our nation continues to fall far behind other countries."


Blogger Lars said...

There has to be some consideration for the shear size of the US and its larger rural population in these figures, yes? My hometown in Western, MA still has no cable provider that would bring high speed connections so people still connect with dial up. Are they figured into the average? I would be curious what the best download speeds for cities in the US are compared to abroad.

August 27, 2009 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

If size were the principle issue, Lars, wouldn't small, dense towns like Boston have very high speeds provided at low cost?

My take is that it's pure greed. ISPs provide no more than the bare minimum needed to get customers. And where they have no competition, that minimum is very low indeed!

(Where in WMass do you live, that Verizon isn't available? I thought Verizon had a virtual monopoly in Western Mass -- a presence even in little towns in the Berks.)

August 27, 2009 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Schei├če!, I can't believe I wrote "principle" for "principal". I must be more tired than I realise.

August 27, 2009 7:52 PM  

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