China Plans to Expand Broadband Coverage to 70% of Internet Users
February 28, 2013 9:11 AM
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Chinese government plans massive broadband rollout for 2013
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced this week that it plans to significantly increase the number of homes with broadband access. The Chinese government wants to get broadband access (4M or higher) into the homes of more than 70% of the country's internet users by the end of 2013.
The push to get more users online is part of China's 2013 Broadband China project aiming to increase fiber-to-the-home coverage by more than 35 million households. The number of homes with access to the service last year increased to 49%, with 94 million users covered.
Minister Miao Wei also said that China plans to add 1.3 million wireless hotspots.
The ministry had previously stated that it planned to have broadband coverage for 250 million users in China by the end of 2015.
Companies in the U.S. are also looking to expand fiber connections to consumers, albeit slowly. Google recently launched its Google Fiber service in Kansas City, and users are
seeing download speeds approaching 700 Mbps
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RE: Bigger issue with population density than the US
2/28/2013 2:07:50 PM
There are not ~62 million farmers in the US. And even if there were are they just going to stop being a farmer because they have to suffer through buffering to watch TV or wait longer to play video games?
What I said wasn't anything but a proclamation of exactly what will happen. It's not a "rush to condemn farmers." This is a capitalist country and the market will be dictated by the demand of the masses. It's no different than saying that people who live in rural areas will pay more and wait longer for packages. It's a fact.
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