From all the talk, you would think that we were far behind on broadband speeds. I tested that speed from home (click here) to San Francisco. I now tested it from here in the US (in Georgia) to San Francisco and got download speeds of 1.4Mbps (as opposed to 2.7Mbps from Australia). Interestingly, the same speed was recorded from Georgia to Melbourne. This surprised me as I ‘felt’ that broadband in the US was faster.
The big difference is in upload speeds. I got 0.7Mbps from the US but only 0.23Mbps from Australia.
This all suggests to me that the issue may be as much network configuration and engineering in Australia as capacity in the ‘last mile.’ There are lots of moving parts to broadband and focussing on just one is likely to be a bad idea.