US broadband speeds lag other nations

Not only does the U.S. trail other nations in the penetration of broadband Internet to the home, the speed of its “high-speed” access trails as well, according to a new report from the Communications Workers of America.Not only does the U.S. trail other nations in the penetration of broadband Internet to the home, the speed of its “high-speed” access trails as well.

The Communications Workers of America today released a report that found the U.S. trailing five other nations in the speed at which users connect to the Internet. The average user in Japan, which ranks No. 1, enjoys a median speed of 61 mbps compared to a measly 1.97 mbps in the U.S., for approximately the same price.

That is appalling. It further illustrates how far on the have-not side of the digital divide the U.S. has fallen. This is not just a matter of statistical hierarchies. It impacts the economic future of the country in terms of how quickly businesses can respond to new information and changing conditions, how effectively life-saving information can be delivered as tele-medicine, how effectively first responders receive information in time of crisis and efficiently educational resources can be distributed.

The survey of 80,000 users found that Rhode Island has the fastest median speed at 5 mbps–fast by U.S. standards but still sorely trailing Japan.

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You’ll find the report at www.speedmatters.org