|According to a recently produced survey, out of 46 million people, 26 million are broadband users. |
North America has often been viewed as the global center for broadband development. Residential cable modem service drove the broadband revolution in the late 1990s and the 1996 Telecom Act gave birth to competitive carriers focused on driving DSL into the small business space. However, beginning in 2000, the United States and Canada’s broadband supremacy was challenged and then surpassed by a number of countries in Asia-Pacific, and now Europe is undergoing enormous subscriber growth. Korea has overtaken both the US and Canada in the use per capita states.
Online gaming, community sites, avatar technology and the blending of online and offline activity can provide a window into the potential of broadband applications for the rest of the world.