Japan Leads in Attack Traffic; U.S. Web Penetration Stinks: Report
If the US is going to be competitive in the world, it's going to have to invest in connecting the People to broadband. One of the drawbacks with the kind of corporate socialism/quasi free market system we have in the US is that gains made from public goods are privatized and then not reinvested in developing the public good; unless the corporation sees how to make bucks on the deal- no concern for the public interest. Meanwhile, the US is getting left behind on expanding the reach and power of the Web by countries that have more socialized services than we do, as well as lower rates of all kinds of social ills, such as infant mortality, disease, illiteracy, poverty, crime, etc.
The U.S. internet penetration lags a handful of countries; South Korea has awesomely fast internet access; and Japan leads the world as the source of "attack traffic," according to a second-quarter state of the internet study from Akamai (pdf).
Among the countries ahead of the U.S. for internet penetration are Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Netherlands and the Cayman Islands. The U.S. came in at a lowly 7th for internet penetration, which measures the number of unique IP addresses against the general population.