This is a really interesting commentary on the state of broadband in the United States. Everyone is jealous about the speed of other countries infrastructure, however, the US has some challenges due to the lack of funding to help out with getting broadband to rural areas where it is traditionally very hard to recoup the initial investment of infrastructure. But now, broadband access will move to become a basic human right. For these rural ares, wireless broadband access may be a more logical step then building landlines. Here is the interesting report on the status of broadband connections in each state.
This is a scary statistic for North Carolina: North Carolina ranks 38th in the nation in Internet speeds.