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Re: US Internet speeds won't catch up with Japan in 100 years
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 14:21:54 -0400

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From: WJCarpenter <bill-ip () carpenter org>
Date: August 16, 2008 1:41:57 PM EDT
To: dave () farber net
Cc: ip <ip () v2 listbox com>
Subject: Re: [IP] US Internet speeds won't catch up with Japan in 100 years

[for IP?]

Internet speeds of users nationwide shows that the United States has not made significant improvements in deploying high-speed broadband networks in the past year, and at the if the average US Internet speed continues to improve only at the same rate it did from 2007 to 2008, the country won't catch up with Japan's current download speed for another 100 years, according findings released by the Communications Workers of America's (CWA's) Speed Matters campaign.

I live in a Seattle suburb where Verizon is laying more fiber and announcing new municipal franchise approvals for offering TV over FiOS. So, as you might guess, I'm getting more and more chummy letters from Comcast these days. I get about 10-15 Mbps download via Comcast internet these days (which I believe is comparable to the FiOS basic tier), but in a recent mailer I was stunned to read this:

'Next year we will be introducing the break-through "WideBand" Internet Service, which is fully capable of providing download speeds of up to 150 Mbps and upload speeds of more than 100 Mbps.'

Holy cow!

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