Julius Genachoski, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), wants to bring faster internet to the US by challenging all 50 states to have gigabit internet by 2015, following Google's Fiber project in Kansas City.

Gigabit internet (1,000,000,000 bits per second) offers crazy speeds thanks to the use of fibre optics. Google was the first to offer gigabit on a large scale in the US, providing folks in Kansas City an internet and TV service as a $120 per month package. 

Genachoski doesn't expect the entire US to be covered by then, because that would be a hugh task, but he wants at least one community. 

"The US needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness," Genachoski said.

In the UK, parliament isn't really pushing for anywhere near this level of speed.

If you live in an area in the UK where the internet service providers can make money from you, then fast internet access is achievable. Virgin Media has 120mbps right now, and BT has 330mbps on the way, but no one bar a few regional providers has hinted that we'll be getting gigabit any time soon.