Here's a report from Speedmatters.org that I came across today, in
which they argue that the U.S., at 1.97 mbps, is behind other developed
countries in terms of median broadband download speeds:
Japan clocked in at 61 mpbs, and our civilized northern neighbor Canada
beat us handily at 7.6 mbps. The report also includes breakdowns by
And don't forget that large numbers of people, especially in rural
areas, still only have 56k dialup access.
That's why I don't think downloading/streaming will grow as quickly or
become as pervasive as the DVD format any time soon, at least in the
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