Internet Speed: Why the US is so behind?

Internet Speed: Why the US is so behind?
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A report from the CWA (Communication Workers of America) made available last August on Internet Speed, showed that the US was slower than 27 other countries.
The last Speedtest.net rankings show even that the US with only 7 Mbps download on average is ranked 29th after Slovakia and Portugal ranked respectively 14th and 13th with nearly 10 Mbps downloads.

How the country that invented the Internet has lagged so behind when it came to have the most advanced and fast Internet infrastructure?

Speed is not simply a good mean to quickly download movies and music legally or illegally. Speed is a sign of maturity, enabling new media services and allowing a constant information flow, especially in case of Cyber attacks.

With a $7.2B stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act introduced by the FCC in 2009, is a wake up call aiming to accelerate the deployment of broadband services for rural areas.

In the meantime, a recent report by Akamai, an Internet company specialized in Internet hosting, shows even that things got worse.

The US Internet speed overall speed has actually decreased by 2.4% year-over-year from 2008 to 2009.

An important topic indeed for the new White House CTO Aneesh Chopra.