The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand

February 12, 2013

Where do America’s broadband networks really stand in relation to those in other countries? This topic has been hotly debated since the dawn of broadband and commercialization of the Internet, but a great deal of confusion still exists. Much of the popular analysis is out-of-date, poorly-focused, or analytically deficient. In fact, many international broadband reports appear to cherry-pick the data in order to reach a foreordained conclusion. It is difficult to draw comparisons between countries on broadband performance and the implicit impact policy plays because of so many difference in other factors, including computer ownership and population density. A new report from ITIF will thoroughly examine the state of international broadband comparisons to create an accurate and meaningful picture of where America stands in the critical, innovation-enabling dimensions of broadband deployment, adoption, performance, and price, highlighting the areas were we need improvement and those in which we’re doing well. Join us for a discussion of the report with a panel of international broadband experts.