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1.) The United States has fallen to 16th place for high speed internet penetration, behind countries like Japan, South Korea, Iceland, and Canada. As the country that invented the internet, it's embarrassing that we've fallen so far behind our competitors. But there's a lot we can do to catch up - starting with a comprehensive national policy that promotes affordable, high speed internet access for all Americans.

2.) All of these countries have higher median connection speeds than the United States. While the median speed in the United States is around 2 mbps, Japan's is over 30 times faster at 60 mbps. In South Korea the median speed is 45.60 mbps. Even Canada's median download speed is almost four times faster than the United States.

3.) Customers in Japan pay about $22 a month (about half of what consumers in the United States pay) for internet speeds that are more than twice as fast. The contrast is even more striking when expressed in terms of cost per 100 kbps. The top speed generally available in Japan is 51 mbps at a cost of $0.06 per 100 kbps. The top speed generally available in the U.S. is 6 mbps available at a cost of $0.72 per 100 kbps.

4.) Just 11% of U.S. households with incomes below $30,000 a year have high speed internet access in the home, compared to 62% of households with incomes over $100,000 a year. Millions of Americans - especially in rural and low-income urban areas - do not have access to high speed broadband because it does not yet pay for providers to invest in these areas.

5.) Using a connection speed of 200 kbps - the FCC's current definition of "high speed" internet - it would take over 2 hours to download a full movie. By contrast using a super fast speed available in Japan, a full movie could download in just minutes. The need for speed extends far beyond just online entertainment. Telemedicine, video conferencing, and other applications important to our health and economy require high connection speeds than are available in most of the country.

The United States used to be the leader in high speed internet adoption, but now we’ve fallen behind. How does the United States currently rank in high speed internet penetration?
  • 3rd place
    20%
     
  • 10th place
    36%
     
  • 16th place
    24%
     
  • 27th place
    17%
     
8734 responses
Which of the following countries have higher average internet speeds than the United States? (multi-select)
  • Japan
    96%
     
  • Iceland
    45%
     
  • Germany
    73%
     
  • Canada
    55%
     
  • Sweden
    65%
     
  • Finland
    51%
     
  • South Korea
    51%
     
8723 responses
In the U.S. consumers pay about $40-$50 a month for cable modem connections that reach 3-5 mbps per second. How much do consumers in Japan pay for connections that are more than five times faster than the fastest cable connections in the United States.
  • $20-$30 a month
    76%
     
  • $31-$40 a month
    11%
     
  • $41-$50 a month
    4%
     
  • $51-$60 a month
    2%
     
  • $61-$70 a month
    1%
     
  • Over $70 a month
    4%
     
8734 responses
High costs and poor broadband deployment to rural and lower income areas have created a digital divide in our country. More than 62% of households with incomes over $100,000 subscribe to high speed broad band at home. What percentage of households with incomes below $30,000 subscribe to high speed broadband?
  • 7%
    54%
     
  • 11%
    25%
     
  • 23%
    12%
     
  • 42%
    4%
     
  • 51%
    2%
     
8697 responses
The FCC currently defines high speed internet as a connection of 200 kbps or higher. How long would it take to download a movie with a 200 kbps connection speed?
  • 5 minutes
    17%
     
  • 30 minutes
    25%
     
  • 1 hour
    17%
     
  • 2 hours
    13%
     
  • 3 hours
    25%
     
8679 responses