Sunday, January 29, 2006

AlterNet: MediaCulture: Turning a Blind Eye to Wi-Fi

AlterNet: MediaCulture: Turning a Blind Eye to Wi-Fi:

"American residents and businesses now pay two to three times as much for slower and poorer quality service than countries like South Korea or Japan. Since 2001, according to the International Telecommunications Union, the United States has fallen from fourth to 16th in the world in broadband penetration. Thomas Bleha recently argued in Foreign Affairs that what passes for broadband in the United States is 'the slowest, most expensive and least reliable in the developed world.' While about 60 percent of U.S. households do not subscribe to broadband because it is either unavailable where they live or they cannot afford it, most Japanese citizens can access a high-speed connection that's more than 10 times faster than what's available here for just $22 a month. (Japan is now rolling out ultra-high speed access at more than 500 times what the Federal Communications Commission considers to be 'broadband' in this country.)



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