Saturday, August 29, 2009

S. Korea 15 Years Ahead of US in Broadband Speeds

BizJournals (via RawStory):

A report on Internet speed in the United States says the country isn’t likely to catch world leader South Korea for 15 years.

Or for much longer — at current growth rates, the United States will only reach South Korea’s speed today in 15 years.

The report, by the Communications Workers of America, details Internet download and upload speeds all over the United States and some of its affiliated territories. In the last year, the average upload speed in the United States “barely changed,” the report said, and download speed only grew a little, from 4.2 megabits per second in 2008 to 5.1 megabits per second in 2009.

In South Korea, average download speed is four times faster — 20.4 megabits per second. The United States also lags Japan (15.8 mbps), Sweden (12.8 mbps), the Netherlands (11 mbps) and 24 other countries.

At average U.S. speed it takes about 35 minutes to download 100 family vacation photos, and four hours to upload them.

The report said U.S. speeds aren’t sufficient for the needs of in-home medical monitoring, distance learning programs, or to run a modern business from home.

I wonder what (who?) could possibly be holding us back?

1 comment:

  1. Here in Utah we have some of the best internet speeds in the country through Utopianet. Sadly Utopianet has gotten off to a pretty rough start due to lawsuits from Qwest, Qwest lowering their rates below cost in Utopianet markets, Qwest installing service into area's they would otherwise never have toughed, the collapse of the bond market, Grossly one sided state legislation restricting their bonding options and state legislation capping their max bonding at 50% of total build costs.

    But hey for all of the adversity placed in front of them they have over 10,000 customers, and can pay most for their bonds leaving only a small amount of cost on the tax payer.

    Communications is something that is best handled as a utility by the local city. This is the only way city's are going to be able to exercise their right to self determination about the level of service they need. To say nothing of the potential cost savings in Utility monitoring(reading water/gas/electric meters etc).