Monday, August 18, 2008

Think your high speed internet is fast? Think again.

Do you think your broadband connection is fast?

According to a recent study by the Communications Workers of America union, it doesn't matter if you have cable, satellite or DSL, your U.S. high-speed connection is slow.

Awful slow.

The average broadband download speed in the US is 1.9 megabits per second, compared to 61 MB in Japan, 45 in South Korea, 18 in Sweden, 17 in France, and 7 in Canada, according to the study.

What's that mean?

On average, a file that takes four minutes to download in South Korea would take nearly an hour and a half to download in the U.S., using the average bandwidth.

Japanese users can download an entire movie in just two minutes, as opposed to two hours or more in the States. And according to the study, the Japanese don't pay any more than you do for your broadband. In fact, the study shows that U.S. broadband costs are among the highest in the world.

"This isn't about how fast someone can download a full-length movie," said CWA president Larry Cohen. "Speed matters to our economy and our ability to remain competitive in a global marketplace. Rural development, telemedicine, and distance learning all rely on truly high-speed, universal networks."

Cohen recently testified before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, in support of a discussion draft of the Broadband Census of America Act.

"We desperately need a national Internet policy to reverse the fact that our nation – the country that invented the Internet – has fallen to 16th in the world in broadband adoption," Cohen said. 'Equally disturbing, Americans pay more for slower connection speeds than people in many other countries."

Cohen pointed out that the average upload speed was in the US was only 371 kilobits per second, not nearly enough to send quality medical information over the Internet.

"Speed Matters on the Internet," Cohen emphasized. "It determines what is possible; whether we will have the 21st century networks we need to grow jobs and our economy, and whether we will be able to support innovations in telemedicine, education, public safety, and public services to improve our lives and communities. High speed Internet could even help address the global warming crisis by allowing people to get things done without getting into their car."

3 comments:

hamstang said...

Those other countries with fast internet probably don't have shareholders to deal with.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you must be right. All telecom companies that provide broadband in the US are wholly owned in the US. No MNCs there like AT&T, BT, Verizon, etc. I'm sure there are no shareholders in Japan either. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

God Bless the USA...

this is terrible... something needs to be done about this if we spend 45/month for 3 MBps DL and .36 MBps UL. while Japan is getting nearly 20 times that speed for probably equivalent of $42 USD.

I am sure that US could be in the Top 5 but the FCC and the HSI providers are sitting on their hands so as to not enhance the capability of getting pirated material (faster) and piss off the RIAA/DRM..etc... man i HATE Hollywood...

they need to realize there are people would pirate and people who are honest... more users of the internet nowadays are HONEST... so give us more bandwidth and faster speeds...

but Nooo.. AT&T, Time Warner.. etc want to CAP our bandwidth..

let me get this straight we pay an obnoxiously high price for horrible speeds compared to other countries AND you also want to set a cap on how much we use? i mean come on!

is there any way we can sign a petition or something for FCC and HSI providers to give us our bandwidth or give us death? this is supposed to be a "FREE" Country...

we seem to be no better than Soviet Russia (Communism actually works...in THEORY). though even Russia probably has better speeds than the USA, prolly number 7 or 8 on this list..

ARRGH...

Capitalism SUCKS...

/rant