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If you look at the map on the Communications Workers of America's SpeedtestReport website and live on fast Internet, you have to be shocked at what can best be described as the deployment of real broadband in the USA, and more shocked at what the nationwide operators deliver.

Living in a major tech hotbed like San Diego most of the time, or in Sacramento, I'm afforded the luxury of really fast broadband, pretty much everywhere. When I travel to Europe, I can be in vineyard regions or a major city, and I pretty much have the kind of connectivity that lets me, in the words of KenRadio's sign off, "Stay Connected."

In looking at the map and the average speeds, it's shocking how so many citizens and communities have such a meager COMPLETE broadband experience. In some states the average upload speed is less than 768, so while the download is higher than it was a few years ago, it's still not fast but the speeds are really just passable as high speed in this era. What we need is more symmetrical offerings, even at higher prices. Hopefully, the broadband stimulus package and 4G services like those from Clearwire will carry things forward.

Looking at the map, it almost appears that most of the nation is like a third world nation? As a matter of fact, I'd contend that SE Asian countries, that lagged for years behind the USA with regard to Broadband access, are starting to surpass us, using our own technology, designed and sold by our own companies to them, because they went all IP where there wasn't any analog before. As a nation, we now rank 28th in overall broadband average speeds. That's pitiful.

We're living, no drowning in sea of dial up and low speed DSL. Forget the concept of the digital divide in the USA between the haves and the have nots. We're actually a country that is on the wrong side of the digital ocean, living in a land that is squandering its biggest natural resource. The minds of our own who are not advancing fast enough because of lack of access to high speed technology that brings with it greater opportunities for educational advancement.

Check out the site, draw your own conclusions. But do that on high speed, if you can as it's a far better experience for all.


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Low density is only one cause. Explain to me why people in New York City, which is very dense, do not have access to $30 per month 100 Mbps symmetrical FTTH broadband service, which is possible in European cities.

In Europe, it's a combination of factors that led to the deployment of fiber networks and upgrades in DSL/cable service:
- the European Commission's (and national regulators') persistent pressure on telecom incumbents (note: in the US, regulators believe in the magic of free markets and self regulation);
- public investment in fiber networks which allow the network owners to wholesale access to Internet service providers (lowers the costs for everyone, allows small operators to survive).

In Asia, governments have a very strong role in pushing the deployment of high-speed fiber networks. They realize that you need low-cost, high-speed broadband access to encourage entrepreneurs to develop the next generation of applications. The US model is to wait around for the "free market" to do it. Note that "free market" is in brackets because it's nothing close to a free market - rather it's a series of regulatory decisions that favor large telecom and cable incumbents at the expense of true competition. I am not singling out the US government on this. Municipalities have been particularly stupid about granting exclusive cable franchises. Talk about mortgaging your future.

Wolfgang Beck

Blame suburban sprawl. A DSLAM can only cover a certain area. If that area does not contain enough paying customers, there will be no DSLAM. Of course you can increase that area to get the required number of customers, but only by sacrificing access speed. The same is true for all low-delay access technologies.

Asia and Europe are traditionally more densely populated than the US, so your observations are not really surprising.

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