15 megabit mobile VoIP in Japan

Japan has announced a plan to roll out mobile Voice over IP services nationwide in less than two years, leaving the U.S. in dust. The new system will handle data speeds of 15 megabits/second, or 15-25 times faster than typical wired DSL and cable servie in the United States and nearly a thousand times faster than typical 3G cellphone data services.

Why are so many other countries so far ahead of the United States, and why are our local leaders so willing to let their communities languish without competitive technology?

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