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So-called high-speed Internet broadband connection speeds [in the U.S.] are "pathetic" compared with other industrialized nations, a communications union report claimed.
The study was commissioned by the Communications Workers of America in Washington in a bid to get the Federal Communications Commission to redefine what constitutes true high speed, USA Today reported Tuesday.
The study found Japanese Internet users enjoy speeds of 661 megabits per second, South Korea averages 45 mps, France has 17 mps, and Canada has an average 7 mps. The median U.S. speed was 1.97 mps, the study said.
The FCC defines "high speed" as 200 kilobits per second but that benchmark was adopted more than 12 years ago when dial-up connections were the norm.
February 20, 2006 - The speed record is broken. Data is sent at 8.8 gigabits per second over a distance of 30,000 km for a period of 45 minutes.
... In just 2 minutes and 41 seconds, it pulls down more than 500 megabytes of Linux code from servers at Duke University, a task that would normally take hours.