A challenge for Puerto Rico Broadband Usage

This is going to be short. Recently Akamai came out with yet another dismal report on the state of broadband in the U.S. According to the report, web users in the U.S. connected at an average speed of 3.9 Mpbs in the third quarter of 2009 -- slower than in 17 other countries. One year prior, the U.S. only lagged behind 16 other nations. We're losing ground!

A while back Gil The Jenius suggested that our dismal usage of the Internet for Marketing might be connected to our assumed low state of broadband. Now that I've seen the US's continued broadband usage decline, it made me wonder whether he might be on to something. The problem is, as I've pointed out before, we don't even have enough organization around the Internet to have any reliable information regarding Internet usage. So as far as I can tell, there are no broadband usage statistics for Puerto Rico broadband usage and how it might compare to the world.

So here's my challenge, if someone can provide us with bona-fide Puerto Rico broadband usage statistics, that we can publish for free, then I will dress up in a clown suit and they can throw cream pies in my face in front of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company corporate headquarters. Of course cameras should be rolling for full YouTube coverage. Simple, show me the numbers, and then you can throw pies at my face. I await your responses.

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7 comments:

Mach

20 de enero de 2010, 13:21
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dijo...

I'm very interested in the statistics for Puerto Rico as well. I live in Puerto Rico and I hate my ISP; but it's the only "good" one available in my area. I just feel like I'm on a dial-up connection at an overpriced monthly fee when there are better offers out there.

Gabriel

3 de febrero de 2010, 09:21
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dijo...

I'm telling you. Centennial is sitting on a goldmine! When you use one of their free hostspots, like the ones in Starbucks, you have to provide a username. So they have a lot of information on web browsing habits and a lot of tracking info too. There may be some privacy issues and maybe thats why they don't advertise they have the info.
Also, anyone with a Facebook account can figure a lot of social web interaction is done during work hours, from offices, that traffic is not tracked the same as retail ISP traffic but its all goes tru Centennial and PRTC. Someone there has to have some spectacular reports.

MC Don Dees

3 de febrero de 2010, 11:29
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dijo...

Mach, sorry to hear that you're struggling with a inferior connection, I feel your pain. By the way, could you share with me which ISP you're using. I'd like o compile a list of all of the ISP's on the island.

MC Don Dees

3 de febrero de 2010, 11:33
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dijo...

You might be right, Gabriel. What is needed is for some independent authority, like the ISOC-PR to request all of the ISP's to run some data collection programs on their servers so that the independent source can publish aggregate usage statistics. The problem is, I'm sure that asking the ISPs for cooperation would go over like a Lead Zeppelin.

Mach

3 de febrero de 2010, 16:00
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dijo...

My ISP is Liberty. I have friends on D-Max and Onelink.

Gabriel

4 de febrero de 2010, 12:50
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dijo...

Just give us the logs and we'll MRTG the heck out of 'em!
I'm sure the information exists but not easily available and probably misused. There are plenty marketing companies in the island. Someone must have tought this already.
Bt if I was a marketer I would be thinking about cellphones...

Gabriel

16 de febrero de 2010, 09:56
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dijo...

Thi is not what you are looking for but you may find it interesting if you have not seen it yet
http://www.google.com/insights/search/#