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The United States ranked 15th out of 30 countries for broadband penetration at the end of last year, according to an analysis released this week.

The country's ranking slipped from fourth place in 2001 and 12th place in 2006, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. U.S. consumers also pay more than their counterparts in more than two-thirds of the countries studied by OECD. They're not getting faster speeds either, according to figures released Tuesday.
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Australia is still slower .
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when i was in Japan, i was blown away with the 100mbit up and down...

i cried...

There are so muc political BS involved in the US internet these days. Bickering about who owns the cables, who owns the bandwidth, etc...

It a flippin open resource, just like checking out a book at the library... Should be freely open to everyone, regardless what super power thinks can control it at any given time... Theres no way to truly do that anyways...
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Originally Posted by JoBlo69 View Post
when i was in Japan, i was blown away with the 100mbit up and down...

i cried...

There are so muc political BS involved in the US internet these days. Bickering about who owns the cables, who owns the bandwidth, etc...

It a flippin open resource, just like checking out a book at the library... Should be freely open to everyone, regardless what super power thinks can control it at any given time... Theres no way to truly do that anyways...
We are a huge country, with a low population density. Wire up a 1 block area in My states largest city, and you have 75 customers tops, wire up an area in Tokyo or another large Japanese city, and you have tons more customers.

Heck just look at my state, a good portion of it would be lucky to get cable or DSL internet, with another 30% probably on dial-up only.

Also, many governments (such as Japan, who owns a large stake in Mitsubishi I believe) own large stakes in car companies, internet, etc.. while our government has a much more hands off approach.

Perhaps tax incentives or tax hikes, will be necessary to get other companies to increase bandwidth and stretch out to more of the population.
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Let's all thanks Charter and Comcast!

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God forbid if the US isn't number 1 in the world eh!

At least you guys have 30mb connections I think the highest in the UK is like 15.

And even so, 30mb down is more than enough.

Not that i don't appreciate the news or anything. I'm just saying, it isn't exactly a big problem.
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I'm on an up to 24mbps service atm going through ADSL2+. Only way you get 24mbps is living next to teh exchange with solid gold phone lines though, lol.
    
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I'm on an up to 24mbps service atm going through ADSL2+. Only way you get 24mbps is living next to teh exchange with solid gold phone lines though, lol.
Yep, i'm on an 'up to 8mb' service. In which i pay a premium to have first dibs. And i still only get like 5

But hey, that is plenty enough for me
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God forbid if the US isn't number 1 in the world eh!

At least you guys have 30mb connections I think the highest in the UK is like 15.

And even so, 30mb down is more than enough.

Not that i don't appreciate the news or anything. I'm just saying, it isn't exactly a big problem.
It's not a problem at all. The bandwidth we have now is plenty as far as I'm concerned.
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How about caring more about Australia?! I'm paying through the nose for 256Kbit broadband and it SUCKS!
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