In a front page story, USA Today writes,
The USA trails other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet access and may never catch up unless quick action is taken by public-policymakers, a report commissioned by the Communications Workers of America warns.
The median U.S. download speed now is 1.97 megabits per second — a fraction of the 61 megabits per second enjoyed by consumers in Japan, says the report released Monday. Other speedy countries include South Korea (median 45 megabits), France (17 megabits) and Canada (7 megabits).
"We have pathetic speeds compared to the rest of the world," CWA President Larry Cohen says. "People don't pay attention to the fact that the country that started the commercial Internet is falling woefully behind."
Response in the online community has been just as strong. Blogs like Gearlog, Remove the Labels, Podcasting News, 24/7 Wall St., Wired's Compiler, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Venture Blog have all cited the report and discussed its assessment of high speed internet deployment in the U.S.
Across the country, the results of the state-by-state Speed Matters report are opening people's eyes to our troubling lack of high speed internet access.
Now that awareness is building, the next step is to turn it into action.