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Japan's Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future

By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TOKYO -- Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.

Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States -- and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world's fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show.

Accelerating broadband speed in this country -- as well as in South Korea and much of Europe -- is pushing open doors to Internet innovation that are likely to remain closed for years to come in much of the United States.

The speed advantage allows the Japanese to watch broadcast-quality, full-screen television over the Internet, an experience that mocks the grainy, wallet-size images Americans endure.

Ultra-high-speed applications are being rolled out for low-cost, high-definition

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  • viperfoxbat: "You have to take into effect land mass. It's alot easier stretching fiber optic cable across Japan then it is the U.S."
    HAHAHAHA, and it's much more horrible here in Australia my friend. You americans have it much better off.

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  • viperfoxbat: "You have to take into effect land mass. It's alot easier stretching fiber optic cable across Japan then it is the U.S."
    yeah, but explain the difference between US and Canada...same land area. WTF...?

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  • Just a flaming minute you Yankee plagiarists!

    Regarding the very first line of this article, namely the outrageous claim that "Americans invented the Internet", I would like to put everyone straight.

    The invention of the internet is commonly attributed to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a BRITISH scientist working for the CERN institute, who, in 1989 invented the very first version of HTML. He now directs the World Wide Web Consortium, which was founded in 1994 and IS based in America.

    More..

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  • WhiteGale: "Just a flaming minute you Yankee plagiarists!

    Regarding the very first line of this article, namely the outrageous claim that "Americans invented the Internet", I would like to put everyone straight.

    The invention of the internet is commonly attributed to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a BRITISH scientist working for the CERN institute, who, in 1989 invented the very first version of HTML. He now directs the World Wide Web Consortium, which was founded in 1994 and IS based in America.

    And, by the way, if the effing Washington Post can't even get this right then I have More..
    wasnt it invented in Switzerland?

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  • Yep! CERN is based in Geneva!

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  • WhiteGale: "Just a flaming minute you Yankee plagiarists!

    Regarding the very first line of this article, namely the outrageous claim that "Americans invented the Internet", I would like to put everyone straight.

    The invention of the internet is commonly attributed to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a BRITISH scientist working for the CERN institute, who, in 1989 invented the very first version of HTML. He now directs the World Wide Web Consortium, which was founded in 1994 and IS based in America.

    And, by the way, if the effing Washington Post can't even get this right then I have More..
    The Internet and Transmission Control Protocols were initially developed in 1973 by American computer scientist Vinton Cerf as part of a project sponsored by the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and directed by American engineer Robert Kahn.

    The Internet began as a computer network of ARPA (ARPAnet) that linked computer networks at several universities and research laboratories in the United States. The World Wide Web was developed in 1989 by English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

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  • Australia is like 10 years behind...

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  • DSL = Disgustingly Slow Loading
    I can't wait until fiber optic is available where I live.

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  • Total BS. NTT's "100 MB/SEC" speed delivers more like 1 to 2 MB/SEC even over fiver optic lines. Been there, done that. Japan talks fast, other countries deliver fast.

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  • But IE 6.0 is still the most popular browser.....Upgrade please!

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