Will the US be left behind if it doesn't speed up it's internet connection?

Posted by: reece

The US ranks about 18th in the world.

  • Yes, a countries progress correlates with it's internet connection

  • No, America is just too big

64% 7 votes
36% 4 votes
  • If the internet has anything to do with a nations progress, it will be internet access, not speed, that is the determining factor. In which case the US is 3rd in total internet users with 84% of its population having internet.

  • I don't really see a country falling behind for not having broadband.....

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triangle.128k says2015-07-22T20:39:43.0402383-05:00
The USA is a pretty large country, so it would be hard to increase the internet speed all around.
reece says2015-07-22T21:30:04.1914053-05:00
@58539672 you need to be fast to get ahead.
58539672 says2015-07-22T21:40:57.3892026-05:00
@reece Which is marginal at best. As of 2014, the US is in 12th place with 11.5 Mbit/s compared to 3rd place Japan at 15 Mbit/s and 2nd place Hong Kong at 16.3 Mbit/s. The only nation that has a noticeable difference is 1st place South Korea at 25.3 Mbit/s. Compare all that to the 3.9 Mbit/s average for the world and you see it doesn't really make much of a difference.
58539672 says2015-07-22T21:45:22.5220730-05:00
Also note that the US was in 33rd place at 6 Mbit/s in 2013, so we are improving RAPIDLY. And of the top 15 in 2014, the US and Japan are the only ones that have an internet user population over 100 million.
reece says2015-07-22T22:57:22.3428397-05:00
Which proves my point
58539672 says2015-07-22T23:29:34.6819531-05:00
Except it doesn't. The difference between the US internet and those above them is so minuscule it doesn't make a noticeable difference. On paper, yes they have clear differences. In practice, no one can tell the difference.
58539672 says2015-07-22T23:45:51.4504922-05:00
Their is also no observed correlation between internet speed and national progression. Their is a correlation between number of internet users and national progression, but not speed. China is the biggest example of that, being 1st in total users, but very low on the speed aspect.
Donderpants says2015-07-23T00:23:08.9692675-05:00
Source for USA coming 15th? On my source, some small countries don't have enough samples to test, and even with that USA still comes in 23rd.
Donderpants says2015-07-23T00:24:38.9486846-05:00
Not to disagree with you, just wondering.
58539672 says2015-07-23T00:32:08.5281007-05:00
@Donderpants The US came in 12th, not 15th. And Im using the Akamai Technologies 2014 & 2013 report on the state of the internet. You'll have to download the full report if you want to see it, here https://content.akamai.com/PG1499-SOTIAKAMAI.html . Or if you want a simple run down, here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Internet_connection_speeds#Akamai_2014_rankings .
Donderpants says2015-07-23T00:36:15.2710943-05:00
Okay then, just curious.
reece says2015-07-23T01:20:14.3656547-05:00
As you can see, the question says "will"
reece says2015-07-23T01:24:46.6313503-05:00
@58539672 I declare you my archenemy.
B0HICA says2015-07-23T03:35:55.7203207-05:00
What about Google? They have Gigabit internet service. I believe that's faster than anyone else has. It's just a matter of time before it becomes widely available. I was actually thinking about moving to a city that already has it, But I think I'm too old to be starting over, someplace else.
TBR says2015-07-23T09:31:21.0632929-05:00
Ubiquity of access is more importation now. Look, since this discussion came up several times recently, BANDWIDTH we are swimming in. My home connection is better than 35/16. That's a lot of bandwidth. Would more hurt, no, but we have other hurdles for speed, and shear bandwidth is not at issue. Further, I can work from just about anywhere with excellent cell strength throughout most of the city where WiFi or another private network is unavailable. We aren't doing that bad. Now, we need to make it a utility, set some good laws, get programs for free access to the poor.

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