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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 17:59:27 -0400



Begin forwarded message:

From: "Bob Frankston" <Bob19-0501 () bobf frankston com>
Date: August 16, 2008 2:52:29 PM EDT
To: <dave () farber net>, "'ip'" <ip () v2 listbox com>
Cc: "'WJCarpenter'" <bill-ip () carpenter org>
Subject: RE: [IP] Re: US Internet speeds won't catch up with Japan in 100 years

Comcast came by the other day to bypass their old box on the side of my house. Apparently it's part of their move to DISOSS 3.0. The installer mentioned they are testing it in Boston already.

Question -- what routers are capable of those speeds. Where can I get a router/NAT that doesn't have a lot of policy complexity slowing it down?

It will also be interesting to do another speed test between my adjacent connections? Last time I got less than 10% of the supposed speed between the units inches apart. It probably didn’t help that the bits had to travel 500 miles through many routers.

Too bad (as far as I know) the current protocols don’t make it easy for me to provide my own bridging locally. To put it another way, too bad communities can’t add interconnect capacity themselves.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Farber [mailto:dave () farber net]
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 14:22
To: ip
Subject: [IP] Re: US Internet speeds won't catch up with Japan in 100 years



Begin forwarded message:

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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