Go East, Young Man!

To my old hometown

If you want to see the future of the internet, you have to go east, to Asia, where broadband is stunningly fast, especially compared to what we in the US are offered.

I’m talking 1 gigabit per second.

Speeds fast enough to download a full film, in HD no less, in just a few seconds.

I was raised in Singapore, which just announced a huge new public investment: They will be the first nation in the world to offer a fiber optic infrastructure to every building and residence on the island.

While America is bogged down in name-calling and blame-gaming, spending time and precious resources on the big deals of the 19th and 20th centuries (oil, universal health care — which Malaysia offered in 1960 — and immigration paranoia), the Asian tigers, led by Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, and China, are positioning their economies to lead the world tomorrow.

If you’re young, smart, technically savvy, and adventurous, head east.

Go where they’re investing in the future, where they’re more interested in getting things done than in arguing and stone-walling change and partisan bickering.

Head for my old home town: Singapore.