November 20th, 2003, 19:09 PM
Scandinavian Countries Rated Top For Internet Access
GENEVA -- Scandinavia is number one online, but South Korea and other Asian countries are catching up fast.
A report from the U.N. communications agency says Sweden tops the world in access to the Internet and other communications technologies, followed by Denmark and Iceland. Norway is fifth.
But South Korea is the world leader in high-speed "broadband" access. South Koreans are heavy users of the Internet for games, chatting and other uses -- coming in fourth overall. Filling out the top 10 are the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Finland, Taiwan and Canada.
The United States is 11th -- held back in part by an underdeveloped mobile phone system. An author of the report says another reason is the U.S. government has done little to encourage competition among service providers, so prices remain high compared with Asia.
November 20th, 2003, 20:57 PM
If the US keeps screwing around, they are going to turn the country into crap in terms of internet access. I mean I can get fiber in Japan for the cost of DSL in the US....
The US needs to learn how to role out fiber all over the country, and promote competition, like they do in Asia. I can choose from about 4 different fiber providers just in my area alone, and I live in the boonies!
November 21st, 2003, 01:23 AM
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November 21st, 2003, 03:42 AM
Well I've been having a hard time getting a broadband connection in our office. My home ISP can't connect us since our phone lines are fiber-optic (copper needed for DSL), one cable internet provider wants $ 381 (for long wires!) as an installation fee since they need to tap the other street's connection since the one in our street is has reached its capacity. Finally one smaller Telco company just installed the necessary infrastructure for DSL in our building and I might have it installed by Friday next week. It's gonna cost $ 49 for a 128 kbps connection!