Just a quickie via David Warlick.
According to this story, this report (pdf), and this spreadsheet David created, Colorado has an average download speed of 1.354 mbps, which places it 41st in the United States (the average in the U.S. being 1.9 mbps). (Interestingly, Colorado ranks 9th in the U.S. in upload speed – 0.489 mbps.) This mainly reflects results from broadband users (95% of those that were tested). This compares to estimates that show average download speeds in Japan of 61 mbps, in South Korea of 45 mbps, in France of 17 mbps and in Canada of 7 mbps. (I wonder about a couple of things here. Except for Canada, the other three countries are fairly "compact." Which makes me wonder about how widespread and representative the surveying was – I’ve got to think there are vast areas of Canada without high speed access, but I don’t know.)
Now, as I think I’ve made fairly clear on this blog, I don’t think technology is the answer to everything in education, but it is important. And broadband access speed is only one piece of the technology puzzle. But this does make you wonder. As the Internet become more and more important in so many different areas of our lives – including learning – what differences might emerge between students that have 61 mbps download speeds and those with 1.35?
Image Citation: i25 and 15th street, 10:30 pm, originally uploaded by Rob.