US average broadband speed is 1.9 Mbps, versus 61 Mbps in Japan, 45 Mbps in Sweden

Whatever happened to Al Gore’s Information Superhighway? Apparently, the fast lane isn’t being laid out for Americans. Swedes, Koreans, Japanese and the French have, on the average, faster broadband. And the average US upload speed: 371 Kbps. “The average broadband download speed in the US is only 1.9 megabits per second, compared to 61 Mbps in Japan, 45 Mbps in South Korea, 18 Mbps in Sweden, 17 Mpbs in France, and 7 Mbps in Canada” and “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.” (testimony of Larry Cohen, present of the Communications Workers of America before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet)

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  1. unityworks says

    The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has an excellent website for their Speed Matters campaign, It has a range of both short term and long term policy proposals to encourage the build out of infrastructure so that every U.S. resident has high speed, affordable internet access. Most of the information Larry Cohen talked about is on the site, plus examples of successful programs that have increased internet access in different states.