U.S. 100 Years Behind Japan
U.S. Lagging When it comes to Technology
The U.S. is considered competitive in global marketing but is still 100 years behind Japan when it comes to computer technology. A recent Market Research Report indicates that Japan is 100 years ahead of the United States considering the “current rate of increase of the median broadband speed in the U.S.” The Communications Workers of America (CWA) hosted it’s second annual survey of actual broadband speeds and found “that the 2008 median real-time U.S. download speed currently is a mere 2.3 Mb/s. That represents a gain of only 0.4 Mb/s compared with last year's median download speed, and it compares with 63 Mb/s for Japan. States the CWA, introducing its findings for this year, "This is unacceptable for the country that invented the Internet." (Broadband, 2008). Other Countries included in the survey were South Korea at 49 Mb/s, Finland at 21Mb/s, France at 17 Mb/s and Canada at 7.6 Mb/s.” The CWA discovered a median of a mere 453 Kb/s, up a trivial amount from 371 Kb/s a year ago.Most of the companies that participated in the survey use cable or xDSL, some fiber optic connections and almost no dial up connections.
Broadband Business Forcast. (08/19/2008.) Vo. 18 Iss. 17, p. 1-1, 1p. Retrieved June 06, 2011 from Business Source Complete. Ebscohost.
Japan Wealth second to U.S.
"Japan is one of the wealthiest nations with a large capital stock, an economy
second in size only to the U.S., and a GDP per capita in excess of $25,000. This provides an ample financial foundation for technological enterprise. Although the economic slowdown of the past decade has tightened budgets, Japanese annual
research funding still amounts to an impressive 100 billion yen, or over $1 billion" Read more..