Here in a America we tend to think we are the best at everything and have the best of everything. However, our egos prove to be too big- as a country that prides itself on innovation and claims to have some of the greatest technology, we certainly seem to have one of the slower internet connections. Not only do we have a turtle-like internet connection when compared to places like Japan and Korea, we also seem to have one of the more expensive mbps (megabytes per second) rate at $3.33.
This American lag has become common these days, so much so that President Obama even addressed it his State of the Union address. The United States was once the front-runners in everything, but economic turmoil and other set backs have caused us to fall behind. Even President Obama’s $18.7 billion broadband spending program may not be great enough to get us back on top. While browsing the New York Times I stumbled upon an article entitled “Home Internet May Get Even Faster in South Korea.” Korea, who already boasts an incredibly fast internet connection plans on making it even faster at a gigabit per second. Not only does Korea plan to have this in every household by the end of 2012, but has already started testing it in select homes.
With the innovations in today’s technology and an ever increasing demand for internet, it is obvious that a gigabit is just the beginning. With technologies like Google T.V. and others like it, demand for high quality streaming at a fast speed will become even greater. I’m excited for what the future holds. And to think we were on dial-up only about a decade ago. [via]