The United States ranks first in the world in cable modem deployment, with 96% of households having a cable modem capability.

The collection of statistics on deployment is a new wrinkle for OECD, which uses the term "coverage" rather than "deployment" to describe them. These new coverage data allow us to see the picture of how widely deployed broadband networks are, as well as the state of intermodal competition internationally. While the United States ranked 31st in terms of the extent of DSL deployment in 2008, it ranked first in terms of cable modem deployment (in 2009), with 96 percent coverage.