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The US is lagging behind in terms of high-speed broadband services, it has been suggested.

According to Click, the BBC's flagship technology programme, despite it being home to computing giants like Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, YouTube and countless others, America has fallen "way behind" in providing customers with high-speed broadband.

Ian Hardy, Click's north America technology correspondent, has reported that 48 per cent of New York residents do not have access to broadband, while those who do often pay $30 (£15) per month for 3 Mbps services.

"If you look at places like Hong Kong and Europe, in many places you can get over 10 Mbps from your broadband network," Selina Lo of Ruckus Wireless told the programme.

Dr Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State's chief information officer, said that the city has been unable to make improvements to the number of people using broadband who are on or approaching the poverty line.

A report by the European Commission published last month has found that the UK has a higher broadband penetration than both the US and Japan.

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