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.