High speed Internet is one item that President Obama has ranked high on the United States’ 2014 agenda. For the U.S.—a pioneer of the Internet movement—achieving high speeds at an affordable price continues to be a persistent obstacle.
For example, the New York Times reports Latvian capital Riga’s Internet speed to be two and a half times faster than San Antonio’s—the U.S.’ seventh largest city comprised of 1.4 million people. This boils down to notably longer download times, such as a two-hour movie taking 35 minutes to download in San Antonio and only 13 minutes in Riga. In fact, the U.S. currently ranks 35th out of 148 countries in Internet bandwidth according to the World Economic Forum.
As one can imagine, there are plenty of questions that have gone unanswered here. The Obama administration has been working to answer as many as it can.
“To create jobs and grow wages at home, and to compete in the global information economy, the delivery of fast, affordable, and reliable broadband service to all corners of the United States must be a national imperative,” the Obama administration cautioned in its June 2013 “Office of Science and Technology Policy and The National Economic Council” report.
The government’s warning should come as no surprise, nor should its aggressive push for reliable high speed Internet, considering the above statistics. Where do you stand in the world race for high speed Internet?