Not So Broad

16 September 2005

What passes for high speed in this country is pathetically slow compared with Internet service in some other countries.

For instance, Verizon’s entry-level DSL service, at 768 kilobits per second for downloads and 128 kilobits per second for uploads, is considered high-speed here. But in Japan and Korea, families can buy moderately priced Internet service measured in the tens of megabits per second.

Walter Mossberg made these statements in his column today titled Verizon’s Fios Service Moves U.S. Internet Beyond a Snail’s Pace.

Until we learn to think of Internet access at speeds similar to 10Mbps, 100Mbps and gigabit Ethernet service, we’ll always lag behind the Asian providers of high-speed, low-cost service. When can we expect 10Gbps (i.e. Gig-E)?

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  1. Steve Pilgrim    16 September 2005, 08:09    #