Re: Interpretation please
10% is a large proportion, but I wouldn't describe it as "much of USA" - but a significant amount, yes. And I fully understand the frustration; I've been paying BT for a business connection for the last 3 years to try to get a stable connection that allows me to actually work and it just seems to get worse.
It's not just about actual bandwidth; they can fudge those figures to do lots of interesting things. For example, I am actually getting about 0.14 Mbps download speed at the moment; really piss poor. BT say that this is acceptable as my "profile" is between 0.1 and 0.25; but that profile figure changes depending on what speed I am actually getting. I've seen it drop to 56K at times.
But the worst part is that the connection drops in and out seemingly at random. It makes it virtually impossible to carry out any of the work that I want to do; and that means instead of working form home, I have to travel; the additional cost to me now is between £250 and £500 per month.
We know that the world of work is changing; this is not a new concept, it has been subject to numerous discussions, reports and planning for the last couple of decades. The Western World should be leading this, but the infrastructure is lagging well behind; it simply will not support the newer ways of working. If we cannot provide the necessary means to allow staff to work using the new methods, we will end up losing out to those areas of the world where they are investing more appropriately.