Japan Gets World’s Fastest Broadband at $20 per Month, We Get… Excuses

Saul Hansell on the NYTimes Bits Blog details how Japanese consumers enjoy the world’s fastest broadband for the whopping cost of about $20 per month. He lays it out nicely, and as he said, it might make you scratch your head, or perhaps get a bit angry.

I didn’t realize that an American Company, Liberty Global, operates Japan’s largest cable company, J:Com, but that’s irrelevant on some levels. What’s interesting is the quote form Liberty Global’s CEO, Michael T. Fries:

““To me, this just isn’t an expensive capital investment”

Here’s another interesting excerpt from Hansell’s post:

The industry is worried that by offering 100 Mbps, they are opening Pandora’s box, he said. Everyone will be able to get video on the Internet, and then competition will bring the price for the broadband down from $80 to $60 to $40.

An interesting read. Some of the numbers will indeed make you scratch your head.