While the U.S. plays catch up with the rest of the world with its broadband speeds, other countries are continuing to make a harder push for its people to enjoy broadband Internet connections. China, which is one country which has the fastest broadband speeds in the world, has announced a new government policy that will require new residences to be equipped with fiber optic connections.

The policy, which is being reported by China Daily, says “all newly built residences, if they are located in counties and cities where a public fiber optic telecom network is available, have to be equipped with fiber network connections.” The policy is said to take effect starting April 1, 2013 with residents being able to choose their ISP once they establish their home.

At the end of 2015, China’s Middle Kingdom hopes to have 40 million families with fiber optic connection. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., there are still people in our country who need to rely on dial-up connections as broadband just isn’t available in their area.

I’m moving to China. The air quality can’t be that bad over there, right?

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