Falling behind in consumer broadband?

I usually tend to not take too seriously a lot of the comments about how the US is so far behind in consumer internet access speeds, because they are usually comparing with countries where the suburbs are at least as densely populated as our cities.

However, it seems to me that in some ways, affordable, consumer-grade internet access speeds may have plateaued. While they (DSL and cable providers) keep providing somewhat faster downstream speeds, the upstream speed on anything reasonably priced seems to be 768 kbits/second or less.

These thoughts crossed my mind as I’d been copying some digital photos into Amazon S3 so as to have an extra backup copy, over our 256 kbps upstream on the DSL (yes, we’re cheap.)

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