Check out this ars technica piece on the sorry state of broadband implementations in the US. 100Mbs symetrical is ~$35 a month in Japan. You cannot come remotely close to touching that in the US, where most of us are lucky to get asymetrical 5Mbps down/768kps up offerings at ~$60/month. Has the free market failed us, the country which invented the internet? Or is it simply a failure of our legislatures? All I know is it’s pathetic. None of this is news to regular readers but I can’t resist another opportunity to bitch about it. This stuff is seriously, seriously holding us back. The explosion of participatory media, also popularized in this country (think ‘youtube’) is but the latest example of possibilities inhibited. Kindly take this stuff into account when you vote, it sounds like hyperbole but this is our economic future we’re trading on here.