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Falling behind in bandwidth

A new report commissioned by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) warns that the United States is lagging far behind other industrialized nations in high-speed Internet access and may never catch up unless quick action is taken by public-policy makers. According to USA Today, the median U.S. download speed is less than two megabits per second, just a fraction of the 61 megabits per second  available in Japan, 45 megabits in Korea, 17 megabits in France, and 7 megabits just over the border in Canada.

A study and white paper released today by Alloy Media & Marketing, a youth-oriented marketing firm, claims that 96% of online tweens and teens connect to a social network site at least once a week. According to Advertising Age, the white paper, commissioned from a recent national study by Grunwald Associates, aims to identify ways marketers can reach kids in social networks without annoying the infamously ad-averse generation.