A new policy in China now requires all residences built near fibre (within 1.6km) to be wired up to it starting in April.
It's not just the fibre though, the new residences are required to be hooked up to all available providers in the vicinity so that the homeowner or renter can choose who they want to get service from. Imagine that. China hopes to have 40 million families hooked up to the good stuff by 2015 while at the same time, in the comparably-sized United States, they haven't even got nationwide broadband completely covered yet.
Granted, I'm sure none of us would trade our internet for China's in exchange for even the most blistering of speeds, but it kind of makes you pine for some fibre, doesn't it? [China Daily via Ubergizmo]