the U.S. still hopes to get up to 10Mbps Internet connection speeds by 2012
already has such speeds for cable Internet service almost everywhere.
And yes, I mean Internet connections,
not just broadband.
But in Japan cable Internet service is of declining popularity, because
30 or 40 Mbps for $50 or $60 per month is not really fast there.
DSL in Japan goes up to 50 Mbps for also around $50-$60/month.
But for actual fast, cheap, Internet connections, people in Japan buy
Fiber to the Home (FTTH), which actually costs less and delivers from
100Mbps to 1Gbps.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S.A.,
EDUCAUSE has proposed 100Mbps national broadband
using a funding method that already failed in Texas.
Japan didn’t get to 100Mbps by a single government-funded network.
It did it
by actually enforcing competition among broadband providers.
Why did it do this?
Because a private entrepreneur, Masayoshi Son, and his company Softbank,
pestered the Japanese government until it did so.
Thus it’s refreshing that these graphs laying out how far ahead of the
U.S. Japan is come from
the New America Foundation.
Chair? Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
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Acting swiftly, the House prevented the crash yesterday:
“The House of Representatives is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high amount of e-mail traffic. The Write Your Representative function is therefore intermittently available. While we realize communicating to your Members of Congress is critical, we suggest attempting to do so at a later time, when demand is not so high. System engineers are working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience.”
House limits constituent e-mails to prevent crash,
By Jordy Yager, The Hill,
Posted: 09/30/08 01:16 PM [ET]
Oh, that other crash? They haven’t even figured out whether it’s real or not.