Monday, July 09, 2007

US Lags and Is Slow in BB

From Yahoo Biz,

"when when it comes to broadband speeds, U.S. consumers lag far behind many industrialized countries, says a new survey of Internet users. .... The study, commissioned by the Communications Workers of America labor union, found a median Internet download connection speed of 1.97 megabits per second in the U.S. -- much slower than Japan's 61 megabits per second, South Korea's 45 megabits per second and Canada's 7 megabits per second. The CWA got its results from 80,000 Internet users across the country who visited a site called to test individual connection speeds."

"The survey also ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The fastest: Rhode Island, followed by Kansas. The slowest: Alaska, just behind South Dakota. The CWA's Goldman says the survey was generous in its speed estimates. Dial-up users -- which she says still make up more than 30% of U.S. users -- had difficulty completing the survey because of their slow connection speeds. So the true median might be even slower."

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