Looking Forward to Not Lagging Behind - How Fast Is Your Internet Connection?

We have a broadband connection at our house so it isn't too bad on downloading information even in comparison to the rest of the world that is burning up the internet with speed. But for the most part the USA is lagging versus the parts of the world that have truly embraced the high speed connection world. Go ahead and take this test to compare where you stand in your State, in the nation and in comparison to internet connections around the world. And please remember that many of the nations that have better or similar connections than you are paying less for it.

When I look at my own results, where our internet connection and most US users' internet connections really lag is in the uploading of information. Something that can be considered a serious issue when you think about Freedom of Speech and getting information out in any Citizen Journalists' world. And when you consider that we have the fiber optics and technology to hit some serious Terabits for connection speeds, it makes setting standards of 100 Megabits for ten years down the road seem like a slow walk that won't even keep pace with the parts of the world that invest heavily in moving forward quickly on this stuff.

In other words, by the time we reach the FCC goals those standards will probably be near obsolete in other parts of the world. And we will still be lagging.

Below the fold are some recent articles from SpeedMatters.org's Blog where they are embracing the FCC's new standards which will be an improvement. But I honestly think we can and should do better and it starts with thinking faster NOW.

FCC Broadband Plan will help the U.S. regain its standing in Internet age

Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen commended the FCC's National Broadband Plan for providing a "good
roadmap of the 21st Century broadband networks our nation needs for economic growth." In his statement, Cohen noted that the plan addresses the need for higher speeds and accessibility, which are goals that CWA has been pursuing through the Speed Matters program. Read More »

Senators air concerns over proposed NBC Universal - Comcast merger

Senate lawmakers recently pressed both the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice on the proposed merger between NBC Universal and cable television giant Comcast. Read More »

An International Look at High-Speed Broadband Growth

Private industry financing of broadband must increase in order to meet the United State's aggressive broadband adoption and deployment goals, according to a new Brookings Institution study. The FCC has estimated that it will require $350 billion to provide universal broadband coverage in the U.S. Read More »

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There is one way to solve the problem: define all communication as 'digital' irrespective of the delivery system. We have spent the past sixteen years protecting the turf of one sort of carrier or another, and in the process watched as technology bounded miles ahead of law and regulation.

Open it up to whoever or whatever combination of technologies can provide the best bang - most bandwidth - for the buck, and let the f*cking games finally begin.

I think we need to begin developing a nationwide wireless internet framework. In this day and age? Every kid should have a netbook and be able to have internet access anywhere, IMHO. Computing is basic as the 3 Rs used to be. It is probably how most are learning what used to be the 3Rs?

my speeds both up and down are better than the "all states" and almost twice as high as "my state" ... however, doesn't even begin to compare to other countries. Anyway to compare DSL to cable?

compare. If you have something like AT&T Uverse, which should be delivered on fiber optics, and you pay for the highest bandwidth you may be faster than most cable services. But each TV you have connected to a high definition receiver can and will eat up a lot of the bandwidth. You can also have trouble if you are too far away from the main hookup. The further away you are from that main the slower your connection.

Cable broadband can be at the mercy of how many people have it in your local area. My connection flies during the day but can slowdown a bit at peak hours when people get home from work and sign on.

Regular DSL typically isn't as fast but it has dedicated connections so
there are not those issues with traffic and bandwidth alotment.

old time-warner cable. I don't pay for any of the extra boosts.

In Japan they can watch TV quality broadcasts delivered through the internet:

Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.

Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States -- and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world's fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show.

Accelerating broadband speed in this country -- as well as in South Korea and much of Europe -- is pushing open doors to Internet innovation that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the United States.

The speed advantage allows the Japanese to watch broadcast-quality, full-screen television over the Internet, an experience that mocks the grainy, wallet-size images Americans endure.

Ultra-high-speed applications are being rolled out for low-cost, high-definition teleconferencing, for telemedicine -- which allows urban doctors to diagnose diseases from a distance -- and for advanced telecommuting to help Japan meet its goal of doubling the number of people who work from home by 2010.

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