29 October 2004

Thirteenth in broadband adoption

The U.S. may be the birthplace of the Internet, but now it trails 12 others in the adopting of high speed net access.

Honestly, I don't think it's a concern to many Americans, who are suited just fine with basic dial up access, and content to check their email every other day or so. Or perhaps their online experience is limited to paying bills online.

Some have said that the rural population in America makes it difficult to achieve widespread broadband saturation, but what of Canada exceeding the U.S. mark?

And every country other than the USA uses some form of government policy to encourage broadband acceptance.

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There are a multitude of reasons, I suspect, including the fact that we Americans love TV and movies; probably more than any other country. We're too busy doing other stuff rather than sitting in front of a cpu.

I think fiscally, we may also be more conservative (who knows, really); not persuaded to change, as you stated, especially when dial up is 10.00 and e-mail dial-up is free.

If many people are like me, there is a deep distrust for hi-tech (you know, the "can you hear me now" evil guy): the shit never works when you need it to. It goes for all things tech, especially networks.

There are, I'm sure millions of people across the country who 've never lived beyond the 1980's. That is, they fear and avoid computers, or are just too stubborn for change. It's not just rural, but the elderly as well.

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