Thursday, May 28, 2009

The BBC's Broadband World

I just ran across this piece while browsing headlines. I haven't watched the videos but the chart below the map, showing average advertised speeds, seems just as interesting. In effect, you have
  • Japan, with close to 100Mbps
  • South Korea, with about 90Mbps
  • France, with around 50Mbps
  • Everyone else, with 20Mbps or less
The US is low on the list at around 10Mbps, or about an order of magnitude less than Japan. The caption on the video for the US puts the (relatively) pathetic state of things down to the free market approach taken, but I don't see how the chart data bears that out. We're not slow because we're capitalist. We're just slow.

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