Inadequate broadband infrastructure hurts the US

05 Aug 2009|Leigh Marinner

The New York Times says the U.S. is 17th in the world on high-speed broadband. And some of what the U.S. calls hi-speed is not. US official FCC statistics confirm “broadband penetration” for a ZIP code area if a single user has a only a 200Kbps connection.

The Communications Workers of America found a median actual download speed in the U.S. of 2.3Mbps, vs Canada 7.6Mbps, and a median Asian download of 63Mbps. The Finns have 9x speed of the US, and France has 7x.

4G mobile broadband (WiMAX and LTE) at speeds of 100 Mbps will mean many Americans will have much faster mobile broadband access than fixed broadband access. As is true in many emerging markets where fixed broadband was never built out. Still, there are a lot of web searches that are hard to do from a mobile device screen, unless we all start carrying netbooks or connecting our PCs to the mobile network.

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