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U.S. Continues to Tread Water in Global Broadband Adoption

ITIF Policy Brief Analyzes New OECD Broadband Numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to new statistics from the OECD, the United States remains in the middle of the pack among OECD nations in broadband telecommunications adoption. In their semi-annual survey of broadband subscribership, the OECD found that from June 2005 to December 2005, broadband subscribership in the U.S. increased 2.3 percentage points, from 14.4 percent of the population to 16.8 percent, about the same rate of growth as the OECD overall. When OECD first collected this data in 2000, the United States ranked 4th among the 30 nations surveyed, behind Korea, Sweden and Canada. Now we are 12th, with our rank unchanged from December 2004.

The ITIF policy brief analyses U.S. broadband performance compared to other nations. The report argues that America’s continued mediocre showing in broadband rankings do matter. Nations that move to the front in terms of bro