Tuesday AM 19th August 2008

According to the Communication Workers of America, a file that takes 15 seconds to download in Rhode Island takes about 40 seconds in Texas. CWA's Debbie Goldman says the rankings are averages of speed tests taken on its website. Goldman says the government needs to understand that rural development, telemedicine and distance learning all rely heavily on truly high-speed, universal networks.

"We're the only country that has no national broadband policy, and we believe that our nation needs to adopt goals and timetables and then to adopt a series of policies that will work with the private sector because this is going to built by private companies with some support by the government but work in public/private partnerships to accelerate the deployment and the adoption."

The CWA has been vocal about Internet service providers like Comcast who prioritize or favor some types of Internet traffic over others.

"The Communication Workers of America strongly believes that we need to ave our free speech rights on the Internet to any legal content protected. There should be no blocking, no degradation. So we support what the FCC did."

The speed test shows the median real-time download speed average 2.3 megabits per second, while average download speeds in Japan are at 63 mbps. Results are based on data from nearly 230,000 Internet users who took the online speed test.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

 

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