One would think since the USA created internet (yes we did) we’d be top dog as far as adoption of broadband is concerned.
We’re not. In fact, we’re in 15th place. On average, the fastest download last-mile speed is 2.3mbps.
Just to give you an indication of how slow our connectivity speed is, Japan (who always kicks everyone’s ass in tech) has an average download speed of 63mbps. To us that’s nothing but a pipe dream. We think 20mbps is a godsend. Bear in mind the 63 is an average download rate in Japan – not the fastest speed.
Can you imagine the stuff you could download at an average 63mbps rate?
A very sobering thought.
In the US, the state with the best median download speed in Rhode Island at 6.8mbps. The worst is Alaska at 0.8mbps.
At the present time there is a an Act on the books the government is looking to pass called the Broadband Data Improvement Act so we can at least get enough capacity to have nationwide 10mbps download and 1mbps upload by 2010.
Unfortunately that’s the best we can look forward to – but at least it’s an improvement should the Act be put into effect (which it should).