Documenting the Coming Singularity

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What could you do with 100 megabits per second?

Networkworld - 2.16.10 (by Jeff Bertolucci)

There's little debate that the United States lags behind other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet use. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), more than 100 million Americans don't have broadband at home because they either can't get it, can't afford it, or aren't aware of its benefits. Some 65 percent of U.S. households have broadband, a far lower adoption rate than in other technologically advanced countries such as Singapore (88 percent) or South Korea (95 percent).

And that's why FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is proposing a National Broadband Plan that would greatly widen the data pipe to most American homes. Speaking in Washington D.C. on Tuesday at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners conference, Genachowski set an ambitious goal: His "100 Squared" initiative would bring 100-megabit-per-second broadband to 100 million U.S. households by 2020.

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