New Study Offers A Refreshing Twist On Broadband Stats

from the penetration-benchmarks dept

How the US fares in terms of broadband adoption compared to other countries has been the subject of considerable debate. A recent report put out by the OECD warns that the US is falling behind other countries, although the report didn't take into account other factors, like population density. A new study from a Washington think tank looks at broadband adoption in different countries, but frames the issue a little differently (via Jeff Nolan). Instead of just looking at raw numbers, the study takes into account the economic, political and geographical factors that might affect adoption in one way or another. So, for example, it argues that Turkey and Portugal are actually doing very well, particularly when you factor in economic conditions. Conversely, Korea and Japan aren't the broadband miracles that they're made out to be. As for the US, the study claims that it's underperforming relative to its potential. There are certainly going to be quibbles with the study's methodology, particularly as it seems difficult to ascertain where a country's broadband penetration should be as opposed to where it is. But it makes a lot more sense to look at the factors that make each country's situation unique, rather than just comparing them all as if conditions were uniform, which ultimately results in scaremongering and political posturing.

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), 20 Jul 2007 @ 7:11am

    Government is not the answer!

    All those who think the government will be the answer are ignoring the fact that everything the government oversees costs more, is less efficient, and is rife with corruption. Private companies do it better! (Is that a bumper sticker?) Free markets respond to customers. If there ends up being a benefit for the corporation then they will perform the task of providing a service. Then we are all happy. If it costs too much for the customer then they won't buy the service. The private company will either die or adapt to serve it's customers in a way it can make money. The government will force a service, throw ungodly amounts of money at it (most of which will benefit a friend or themselves), and raise our (middle class) taxes. The rich get the tax breaks, the poor get the service, and those actually working for a living get the bill. That is why it cost the taxpayers $330,000 to build an outhouse (no running water) in a national park in Pennsylvania.

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