Monday, June 04, 2007

U.S. Falling Further Behind in Broadband Penetration

At last week's D Conference, virtually every captain of industry bemoaned U.S. broadband penetration rates (and overall broadband commitment) compared with the rest of the world. Well, their concerns are well founded.

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the U.S. ranks only 15th among 30 OECD nations with a broadband penetration rate of 51%. And, importantly, broadband growth is slowing compared with other OECD countries. Topping the OECD list is South Korea, with a broadband penetration rate of 90%. When the OECD first began to collect this data in 2001, the U.S. ranked 4th among these same 30 nations.