War for the Web
22 02.11

Korea has the fastest Internet in the world, and it’s about to get even faster.

As the United States lags behind on broadband penetration, particularly in the midwest, and Canadian ISPs introduce metered internet access, the South Koreans are going to be paying $27/month for access to a 1 gigabit network. The least I’ve ever paid for Internet access is $30/month, and that was a promotion. Korea is anticipating future bandwidth needs for things like video streaming, cloud computing and video-conferencing by building the infrastructure in advance on a national level.

It’s impossible to emphasize how important this is, just like mail routes, electric grids, highways and phone lines were the infrastructure that drove development in the twentieth century, the Internet and its global communication protocols will drive innovation and development in the twenty first century. It’s time for the US to catch up.

Reposted from the New York Times.

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