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While the U.S. cable industry struggles with DOCSIS modem chips and Verizon pushes DSL as far as it will go--and potentially farther--an Estonian cable operator called Starman said that it will deliver 150 Mbps speeds to its subscribers.

The provider introduced what it calls the Starman Start service that lets subs manage their triple play packages. There is some range to those packages: four tiers of broadband starting at 1 Mbps and blowing out to 150; four TV packages from 20 to 100 channels and four telephony packages.

Not quite internationally, but outside U.S. borders, the Eastern Ontario (Canada) Regional Broadband Network is promising to deliver high-speed Internet to "nearly every home, cottage and business in Haliburton County" that wants it.

The network is a joint project between the Canadian federal government, Ontario, the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus and the private sector to use satellite and fiber. The $170 million project is being funded by the feds and provincial government ($55 million each), the wardens ($10 million) and the private sector. It's expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

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