When it comes to high-speed Internet, are cable companies all talk?

An ethernet cable is seen at a news conference where it was announced that free Wi-Fi will be provided by Google to the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on January 8, 2013 in New York City.

Delivering ultra high-speed Internet to users around the country is a challenge, but it's one that cable providers say they are ready and able to tackle. Here's CNET with the details:

"Comcast CEO Brian Roberts last week showed off a 3Gbps cable broadband connection at the industry's annual trade show in Washington, D.C... 'The more customers crave speed, the more the kids in the garage and the geniuses around the world can invent applications that require speed. That's the best thing that can happen to our industry,' [he said.]"

But CNET's Lindsey Turrentine says Robert's words don't jive with his industry's actions.

"This [3 Gigabit Per Second] service isn't available at affordable amounts," she says. "This is a classic situation of private industry versus the public need."

To hear more about how U.S. Internet infrastructre and speeds compare to other nations, click on the audio player above.

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Ben Johnson is the host of Marketplace Tech.

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