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August 26, 2009 / Raffy Pekson II

South Korea Internet 4x Faster than U.S.

The average download speed in the United States is only 5.4 megabits per second (Mbps), up from 4.2 Mbps in 2008. Compare this to South Korea’s average speed of 20.4 Mbps while Japan goes for 15.8 Mbps, Sweden at 12.8 Mbps and the Netherlands at 11 Mbps, to name a few of the 20-plus countries outrunning the U.S. in average internet speeds. These data are according to a report by the Communications Workers of America which clearly shows that the U.S. lags 15 years from South Korea in internet speeds.

“The report calls for more investment in the nation’s Internet infrastructure. It also suggests shifting the outdated universal service payments that support voice telephone service over to pay for better and cheaper high-speed Internet service for everyone.”

Source: San Francisco Business Times.


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