US behind S.Korea, UK in broadband adoption, download speed

on May 21 2011 4:28 AM

The United States is still lagging behind other industrialized countries in terms of broadband adoption and download speed, according to a report released by the Federal Communications Commission on Friday.Nearly 8.4 million broadband users in New York found their average download speed to be 11.7 Mbps, crawling much behind Seoul and South Korea which has a speed of 35.8Mbps for 10 million residents.

The United Kingdom, South Korea and Iceland were among countries to top the United States' 63 percent broadband adoption rate.

FCC is a Washington-based communication agency which makes internet affordably accessable to America. Last year the agency had released its broadband plan, a blueprint for expanding coverage, making more airwaves available for mobile services and upgrading Internet speeds up to 25 times the current average.

Another FCC report released on Friday shows that 26 million Americans, a majority of whom live in rural areas, do not have access to broadband.

While FCC was confident of the report, the head of the lobbying arm of the cable industry called the FCC's conclusions in this report wrong.

Walter McCormick Jr, the USTelecoms chief executive, pointed to FCC data showing that 95 percent of Americans have access to fixed broadband, and 93 percent are happy with their service saying, Clearly the private sector is doing its part -- broadband has been deployed to virtually every corner of America where a business case can be made for investment.

Probably Google’s new fibre optic project in Kansas city and the Missouri side which has promised to bring a 100X faster internet broadband connection will make US overcome its cyber crisis.