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South Korea reportedly leads in the world broadband Internet connections, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The country's 10 connections per 100 people beat four per 100 in Canada and three per in the united States.

Britain is an embarrassing 21st place behind Portugal and the Czech Republic, Reuters reports. Ireland is 26th.

A separate study shows the United States remains the world's largest broadband market, with an expected 30 million households hooked up by 2004, according to eMarketer and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

According to that study, the 9 percent of households with broadband access in 2001 will grow to 29 percent in 2004. By then, cable will still hold the lead with more than 12 million households, but DSL will be closing the gap, year by year, and almost equal cable's popularity by 2004.

Meanwhile, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile are already paving the way for broadband, according to Cisco Senior VP of corporate affairs Daniel Scheinman. Scheinman gave a keynote speech to Summit of the Americas attendees over the weekend.

In the speech, The Broadband Decade: Connecting the Americas by 2010, Scheinman urged delegates to promote broadband in their countries. He cited a direct link between broadband connectivity and a country's productivity and in turn, its standard of living. With a productivity growth rate of 2.3 percent, a country's standard of living would double in 31 years, he said.

Scheinman told the delegation that such broadband applications as e-learning, e-business, e-government and supply chain management would allow countries to choose their standards of living.