S. Korea Pushing Gigabit Internet By 2012

Who cares really that South Korea is going to have most of their internet customers on gigabit connections, the world is going to end in 2012, anyway… I care. I live in the US where internet speeds crawl compared to the rest of the world. 56k dialup is still a recent memory. Even our fiber optic connections are under 50Mb, and that is rare to find fiber unless you live in a MAJOR city. The MAX I can get is 7Mb DSL. No cable internet, no fiber. Previously, ironically in a much smaller town, I was able to get 10Mb. That’s not that fast compared to many other countries. The US is putting money into bailing out private business but has no plans on updating their communications infrastructure, which in turn would bring in more skilled jobs. Sorry to get political here, but with a lot of major technology companies in the US (Cisco, Microsoft, Intel), and the founding place of the Internet to begin with, we sure are lacking in the technology department lately.

It is not aiming at 100, 200 or even 500 megabits per second (Mbps). Instead it has devised a national plan for 1,000Mbps connections to be commonplace by 2012.