August 29, 2007

Warp Speed Internet, But Not For the US

telcochart.gifSee the WaPost story here: Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future By Blaine Harden.

I've talked about this before.. years ago.. that we were falling behind here in the US and it would affect our ability to innovate. Well, it's now years later, our regulators and telco's have failed us, and we are way way way behind.

TOKYO -- 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.
In a Tokyo demonstration using ultra-high-speed broadband, a life-size, high-definition image of a distant colleague is projected onto a screen. In a Tokyo demonstration using ultra-high-speed broadband, a life-size, high-definition image of a distant colleague is projected onto a screen.
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.(emphasis mine)
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.

The regulators and Congress gave American telcos $200 billion dollars to rewire for fiber. They didn't do it. They pocketed the money. And now we are in really big trouble.

Posted by Mary Hodder at August 29, 2007 07:08 AM | TrackBack
Comments

This is insane! I'm sitting here just 70 miles from the Silcone Valley and am slogging along at 1262kbps down and 315kbps up (WOW) on my expensive DSL line. The rest of the world is taking advantage of the fantastic applications available via high speed broadband and it takes me 2 hours to download a lousy movie. We need to wake up Congress and let them know how unacceptable this is for the greatest Nation in the World.
Go to the CWA website www.speedmatters.org, take the speed test and use the link provided to let your representatives know how you feel!

Posted by: Roger Osburne at August 29, 2007 02:44 PM