The federal government missed the point entirely in a recent report on the availability of fast Internet connections, according to the Los Angeles Times
. Because the Federal Communications Commission considers any Web connection faster than 200 kilobits per second to be high speed (which is too slow to stream video or download chunky files without stuttering and maddening delays) the results of the study are fairly useless. Moreover, if a single home in a zip code has access to broadband, the whole area gets counted as being on the faster track (which ain’t necessarily so), the paper says. Some accounts put the U.S. at the 15th spot, internationally, in availability of high-speed Web.