Emerging Tech

Access to broadband internet is the new access to ports, rail, and electricity

Seoul is South Korea's largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world.

Seoul is South Korea's largest city and one of the most populous cities in the world. // Ivan Marc/Shutterstock.com

In the 21st century, a small business in Kansas City, Missouri, has at least one very important thing in common with a small business in Seoul, Korea: Both have access to ultra high-speed Internet—Kansas City via Google Fiber and Seoul on account of its government championing the rollout of fiber optic internet for over a decade.

That’s one way to look at Akamai’s quarterly “state of the Internet” report, in which the content serving company samples requests to its own servers to reveal internet connectivity speeds all over the world.

Read more at Quartz.

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