U.S. Lags Behind South Korea in Broadband Speed

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It will take the U.S. 15 years to catch up with South Korea in Internet Speed
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

A recent report on Internet speed in the U.S. claims the country is not likely to catch to world leader South Korea for 15 years. In a report by the communication Workers of America, shows Internet download/upload speeds all over the U.S. In the last year, Internet speed has changed slightly in the U.S., the report states, "Download speed only grew a little, from 4.2 megabits per second in 2008 to 5.1 megabits per second in 2009."

In contrast, in South Korea, the average speed is roughly four times faster at 20.4 megabits per second. Not to mention, U.S. also, lags behind Japan (15 mbps), Sweden (12 mbps), Netherlands (11 mbps) and more than 20 other countries. For instance, it takes 35 minutes to download 100 photos, and four hours to upload them. Compared to Japan, the report said, "People in Japan can upload a high-definition video in 12 minutes, compared to a grueling 2.5 hours at the average U.S. speed."

Due to the fact that the speeds are not sufficient for the needs of in-home medical monitoring, and distance learning programs or for the at home business. Therefore, more invest is needed for restructuring the Internet infrastructure.