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.
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 »
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 »
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 »