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South Korea moving to 1 gigabit Internet connections

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The New York Times is reporting that South Korea is preparing to increase their already fast Internet speeds. South Korea already has the fastest residential speeds in the world, with every household having a connection that downloads at about 16 Mbits per second. Reads the report: "By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one ...

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#1
TAKE NOTICE INTERNET COMPANIES IN THE U S one more thing we are falling behind in all because every step of the way your looking to gouge our wallet to death
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#2
+1
#3
its hard to compare a country the size of Mississippi infrastructure to the u.s. south korea prolly doesn't have to run lines across the countryside with not a single customer for miles. its was my problem when i lived out in the boonies. it just wasnt cost effective to lay 5 miles of fiber for 1 customer on my road. so you have adsl running slowing the national average. also it doesn't note whether its a state run service or not. which is a big deal! i'd rather have 10mb from comcast or time warner then 1gbps from usisp.gov
#4
@Hopium
I was about to argue the point. That is until I read that last part. That quickly took the wind out of my sails.
#5
Wow the U.S. is falling behind!!
#6
Originally posted by Hopium:
its hard to compare a country the size of Mississippi infrastructure to the u.s. south korea prolly doesn't have to run lines across the countryside with not a single customer for miles. its was my problem when i lived out in the boonies. it just wasnt cost effective to lay 5 miles of fiber for 1 customer on my road.
Very true, other small countries liek Hong Kong, Singapore, are able to do this cost effectively too because they can reach the vast majority of the population relatively cheaply.

If there is an infrastructure upgrade required, then unfortunately, I don't think this will reach larger (geographically speaking) countries for a while.

Bring on the futire world where these speeds can be reached wirelessly, where the infrastructure needed is just a few towers plonked down every so many miles!
#7
I wouldn't worry. Give it a few years and they will have been nuked and have to start again... isn't that the US way nowadays when an upstart nation attempts to do things better?
#8
Originally posted by deak91:
TAKE NOTICE INTERNET COMPANIES IN THE U S one more thing we are falling behind in all because every step of the way your looking to gouge our wallet to death
Unfortunately, US companies do not have a "social contract" with their customers, but with their share holders. Their priority is to create profit, so they can pay their share holders. That is why Internet access is so expensive. It's one of the few things they can heavily monetize.
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