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Transformingmobilephones Spend any time with a nerd or technology expert and you will invariably find out that the United States rollout of broadband internet is nothing short of awful.

A new survey of more than 230,000 US internet users has found that, unless something changes, the United States won’t catch up to Japan’s current download speed for another 100 years.

A new survey of more than 230,000 US internet users has found that, unless something changes, the United States won’t catch up to Japan’s current download speed for another 100 years.

The survey was conducted by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), via their Speed Matters campaign. They asked residents from the 50 states of America, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to visit speedmatters.org, to take an internet speed test. What they found was the median download speed for the US was 2.3 megabits per second (mbps).

This is a gain of only .4mbps over last year’s median download speed, and is 30 times slower than Japan’s median speed, which sits at 63 mbps.

But the US isn’t just sitting behind Japan. In fact, America comes in at number 15 in terms of broadband rollout, and is behind countries like Canada (7.6 mbps), France (17 mbps), Finland (21 mbps) and South Korea (49 mbps) in terms of speed. The most telling statistic to come out of this though is the fact that US users pay the same amount for their broadband access as do those in Japan.

"We need high-speed Internet for our homes, schools, hospitals, and workplaces," the authors of the report recommend. "Speed defines what is possible on the Internet. It determines whether we will have the 21st century networks we need to create the jobs of the future, develop our economy, and support innovations in telemedicine, education, public safety, and public services to improve our lives and communities."

The report also lays out ‘eight steps to affordable high speed internet for all.’ Being the only industrialized country without a national policy to promote high-speed broadband, this is number one on their list. Some of their list is basic, like acquiring faster speeds and mapping the network. But the idea of “No Child Offline” – measured against programs in Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Maine – is a good way to not only promote learning, internet availability and helping those in need, but also a way to provide backbone to the overall push.

Posted by Josh Hill.

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Report - http://www.speedmatters.org/document-library/sourcematerials/cwa_report_on_internet_speeds_2008.pdf

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/08/13/1648211&from=rss

Comments

The last time I saw a fast internet service was in Washington State. This was in 1999. Click on a site but don't blink! Wanna see how fast it is? Wanna see it again? By the time you adjusted your mind for the new download it was already up! It took maybe '0.0003'
of a second to load. Now, THAT was FAST!! But like our
national highway system we will have to 'build' more and more ISPs to handle the steadily growing 'traffic'
as more people hook into the internet. Hopefully, we won't have to experience the 'Friday at Five o'Clock Rush Hour' problems that the 405 in California does.

M

you wanna see crappy broadband? come to australia. its like 80 dollars a month for 512/128 with a 5 gig cap.

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