In findings released yesterday, it has been discovered that the UK is severely lagging behind over the speed of broadband services. The survey carried out by Oxford University’s Business School and Spain’s University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics, and sponsored by the networking company Cisco, carried out the survey looking at the quality of broadband.
Over half of the 66 countries studied enjoyed broadband connections at the level of performance required to deliver a consistent quality experience for most common web applications today, but some major countries such as the UK, Spain and Italy on average fell just below this threshold.
When it comes to Internet access, not all plans are created equal. The data transfer speeds vary greatly around the world, as does the cost for basic access. As you can see, in Japan Internet speeds are blazing fast and cheap compared to those less fortunate users in other countries. In the United States, Internet users pay more for way less, but are still better off than users in Greece who connect at the slowest speeds in the world.
The trade partnerships of the United States are a vital part of its economic prosperity and growth. Here are some of these trade relationships quantified in U.S. dollars, showing the amount of goods exchanged internationally throughout most of 2009.
Trade Partners That Have a Deficit of Goods Exchanged
The U.S. has a deficit of $21.2 billion in its trade with Mexico. The U.S. has a deficit of $6.1 billion in its trade with Russia. The U.S. has a deficit of $8.6 billion in its trade with Canada. The U.S. has a deficit of $6.6 billion in its trade with Italy. The U.S. has a deficit in its trade with Germany that represents $11.5 billion. The U.S. has a deficit of $103.1 billion in its trade with China. The U.S. has a deficit in its trade with Japan worth $18 billion. The U.S. has a deficit of $7.1 billion in its trade with Venezuela. The U.S. has a deficit in its trade with Ireland of $10.6 billion. The U.S. has a deficit of $4.6 billion in its trade with Nigeria.