So why don't US citizens get this?

Hyunseog Ryu r.hyunseog at ieee.org
Mon Jul 28 10:08:36 CDT 2008


I think it is simply the matter of ROI - Return on Investment - issue.
I'm still living in the area without city water, and when there is power
outage, I don't have water at all since my water pump still needs
electricity.
But some rural area has FTTH because of government funding RUS
(http://www.usda.gov/rus/) project.
And most of urban area, people are still happy with cable modem service.

People in Japan and South Korea are more of tendency to become
early-adapters.
So when they have new products, they wants to try it by majority.
But in U.S., we are still cost oriented, and if we don't need it, we
don't buy it. ^^

That's my 2 cents.


Hyun



Tom Vest wrote:
> Sort of makes one wonder how the US came to have ubiquitous roads, or
> power, or water distribution...
>
> TV
>
> On Jul 28, 2008, at 1:06 PM, Jorge Amodio wrote:
>
>> Lets put aside for a moment the conspiracy theories of government
>> intervention and
>> the telcos evil doing, IMHO there is a simple reason why I don't have
>> fiber
>> going
>> to my house: geography & economics.
>>
>> Japan:
>> - area = 377,873 Km^2
>> - density = 337/Km^2
>> - pop = 127.5 mill
>>
>> USA::
>> - area = 9,826,630 Km^2
>> - density = 31/Km^2
>> - pop = 304.7 mill
>>
>> I belive there are just few major cities in the US that have a
>> comparable or
>> higher
>> concentration of people like other large cities around the world.
>>
>> I'd bet that if you deploy fiber in a given radious in a suburban
>> area in
>> Japan you
>> may reach hundreds or thousands of potential customers, do the same a
>> little
>> bit
>> north from where I live and you will reach a dozen guys, 50 cows and a
>> couple of
>> hundred chickens.
>>
>> The US is so spread out that anything to do with transportation, being
>> people,
>> packages, or ip packets becomes quite costly.
>>
>> Still I beleve is interesting to analyze why the US is lagging behind on
>> high speed
>> services.
>>
>> My .02
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