82 percent of U.S. households, compared to only 54 percent of European households, have access to a broadband connection in excess of 25 Mbps.

Christopher Yoo digs into new broadband mapping data, showing that contrary to common reporting, the U.S. comfortably leads Europe in deploying next generation broadband networks. This work extends and confirms many of the early findings in ITIF's The Whole Picture report.


The data explores a rare natural experiment: Europe and the U.S. have gone down different broadband regulatory paths. European countries opted to focus on service-based competition, mandating that last mile infrastructure be opened up to competing firms on a wholesale basis. The U.S., on the other hand, has focused on facilities based intermodal competition, whereby firms own their infrastructure and different technological platforms compete. Although there are particularities and nuances to every country, the data generally show that the U.S. model comes out on top when it comes to high-speed broadband deployment.