See this article from the BBC on global Internet speeds. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8068598.stm I knew that Japan was ahead, but I had no idea just quite how far ahead. The US and UK are pitifully slow. Perhaps the US has some excuse since it is so large, but that can't wash in the UK. Japan and S Korea's governments have obviously invested a lot of money on infrastructure. Personally where I am living (Kyoto) I can stream live High Definition Video on my connection for $20/month. I hope the UK begins to catch up before I move back there.