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Wednesday, 17 February 2010 09:19

FCC wants 100 Mbps Internet speed by 2020

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it would like to see 100 million U.S. households have 100 Mbps Internet speed by the year 2020.

The chairperson of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, made the announcement on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, while speaking to a conference of members of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

He stated that the FCC is developing an initiative called '100 Squared,' whose intention is to bring 100 Mbps [100 mega (million) bits per second] of Internet speed to 100 million homes by 2020.

Genachowski stated, "And we should stretch beyond 100 megabits. The U.S. should lead the world in ultra-high-speed broadband testbeds as fast, or faster, than anywhere in the world.' [PCWorld.com: 'FCC Plans for 100M Bps to 100 Million Households']

He added, "We need others to drive competition to invent the future.'

According to the Arstechnica.com article 'US broadband's average speed: 3.9Mbps,' the average Internet speed in the United States, as of the third quarter of 2009, is 3.9 Mbps.

Note: As I develop this article, I tested my Internet speed with https://www.speedtest.net/ and found I was running at about 2.0 Mbps the first time I tested, 1.8 Mbps the second time, and 2.1 Mbps the third time--a bit lower than the U.S. average.

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FCC commissioner Genachowski also stated, "The economic benefits of broadband go hand in hand with social benefits and the potential for vast improvements in the quality of life of all Americans.'

Currently the United States lags behind many other developed countries of the world with respect to Internet speed.

The PCWorld article, mentioned earlier, states, 'Operators in the U.S. have been slow, compared to their counterparts in other regions, to deliver such high-speed data rates.'

The Arstechnica.com article supports this fact.

It states, as of the third quarter of 2009, ''¦ the US [is] in 18th place globally. Unsurprisingly, South Korea topped the list with an average of 14.6Mbps, almost twice the average of second-place Japan with 7.9Mbps.'

Another article form Arstechnica.com, called 'Sneak peek at FCC National Broadband Plan gets mixed reviews,' discusses the highlights of the FCC report that is due to be delivered to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.

Page three concludes with an interesting comparison between the United States and Japan for the future of Internet speed.

In the Arstechnica.com article, one sentence stood out: 'Japan says it's aiming for over 100Mbps for mobile and 1Gbps for fixed by 2015 (!!!).'

Boy, Japan seems it could be just a little "bit" ahead of the game in the future, when compared to the United States, with respect to Internet speed.

And, I'd hate to see what South Korea has planned for the future!

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