I have had a cable modem now for over six years now. In this time I have only noticed about a 40% increase in speed. Now this is fast enough for my needs, but it is still pathetic in terms of the technology out there. In Japan and in throughout Asia speeds of 500mbs to 1GPS are common. I have a cousin who teaches English in Japan and he pays almost nothing for 500mbs, the college he works at is running at 5gbs. The cost of upgrading our infrastructure would be pretty negligible. Not doing so will have long reaching financial implications.