U.S. Broadband 100 Years Slower than Japan's

By August 15, 2008 4 comments

U.S. broadband is thirty times slower than Japan’s.  If American speeds keep growing as slowly as they are now, it will take the U.S. 100 years to reach Japan’s current level, according to the Communications Workers of America’s second annual Speed Matters survey. “The United States has not made significant improvement in the speeds at which residents connect to the Internet. Our nation continues to fall far behind other


The median download speed in the U.S. was 2.3 megabits per second (mbps), while the average speed was 4.9 mbps. U.S. speed only grew 0.4 mbps from 1.9 in 2007.

Japan, on the other hand, averages 63.6 mbps.

In terms of broadband speed, the U.S. is 15th on the list of industrialized nations, according to a May 2008 study by The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Ranking ahead of the U.S. were (rated in download megabits per second):

1. Japan, 63.6
2. South Korea, 49.5
3. Finland, 21.7
4. France, 17.6
5. Sweden, 16.8
6. The Netherlands, 8.8
7. Portugal, 8.1
8. Poland, 7.9
9. Norway, 7.7
10. Canada, 7.6
11. Austria, 7.2
12. Belgium, 6.3
13. Iceland, 6.1
14. Germany, 6.0

About 15 percent of Americans still use dial-up internet connections. As most of these connections were too slow to participate in the survey, CWA believes that the average American internet connection is much slower than its survey indicates.

The CWA believes that internet speed is vital to our economic growth. “It determines whether we will have the 21st century networks we need to create the jobs of the future, develop our economy, and support innovations in telemedicine, education, public safety, and public services to improve our lives and communities.”

“Governmental action — in partnership with the private sector — is essential to stimulate broadband investment and adoption.”

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Megabytes = MB
Megabits = mb (8 times slower than MB)

This is misleading and incorrect:
"2.3 megabytes per second (mbps), while the average speed was 4.9 mbps"

Submitted by Bob (not verified) - on July 17, 2009 at 07:36 am

Bob is right. MBps is Megabytes per second. Mbps is megaBITS per second.

The US's average speed is 0.29MB/s
Japan's is 7.95MB/s

The average Japanese person can download a bootleg film (700 MB) in 90 seconds flat. In America, the average time is 41 minutes.

I really, really, really hope we update our internet tubes..

Submitted by Woahbuddy (not verified) - on July 18, 2009 at 01:39 pm

Thanks for the correction, Bob and Woahbuddy.

And I agree, Woahbuddy. If we had Japan's speed I would use nothing but Steam.


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