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Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future

Posted by ecoshift on August 29, 2007

What we have here, is a failure, to communicate…

It’s one thing if we in the US have to “endure” wallet-size grainy video on the internet.  It’s quite another if the cost and speed of broadband service provided by US corporations is restricting the capacity for US innovation and competitiveness in the “information” economy.  Penny profits and pound losses.

Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future – washingtonpost.com
By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, August 29, 2007; Page A01

TOKYO — Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.

Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world’s fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show.

In a Tokyo demonstration using ultra-high-speed broadband, a life-size, high-definition image of a distant colleague is projected onto a screen.

Accelerating broadband speed in this country — as well as in South Korea and much of Europe — is pushing open doors to Internet innovation that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the United States.

The speed advantage allows the Japanese to watch broadcast-quality, full-screen television over the Internet, an experience that mocks the grainy, wallet-size images Americans endure.

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