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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.

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