Why do we always have to be #1? I've never understood it - the drive to call yourself #1 - when clearly it is only fleeting or a delusion in the first place (pun intended). Here's an example - do you think the US has the fastest Internet speeds? Are we #1? We invented the damn thing (well, Al Gore did and he was almost a US president). Why shouldn't we have the best internet? It's our right. Who could possibly touch us in download speed? Well the facts are not what perception might lead you to believe. The US has slow download speeds on average. Not even in the top 3, not the top 10, - yep we make the "also showed" list in the top 20. (2008 data) My down load speed is great - I pay for Comcast cable and get at times 30 Mbps (30 Mega bits per second - not bytes). Check your download speed with Speakeasy . According to The Wall Street Journal, "countries like Japan enjoy download speeds of up to 30 times faster than the average in the U.S."