From the page: "World's Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home
By Saul Hansell
"If you get excited about the prospect of really, really fast broadband Internet service, here's a statistic that will make heart race. Or your blood boil. Or both.
Pretty much the fastest consumer broadband in the world is the 160-megabit-per-second service offered by J:Com, the largest cable company in Japan. Here's how much the company had to invest to upgrade its network to provide that speed: $20 per home passed.
The cable modem needed for that speed costs about $60, compared with about $30 for the current generation."
The gist of the article is basically, the near monopolies that US cable companies enjoyy in the US keeps our internet speeds slow and our wallets gouged.