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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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Jul 2007 @ 11:51am

    Re: Government is not the answer!

    The thing to think about here is that the government nor the companies are the clear cut answer. Corporations are just as (if not more) corrupt as the government. Ideally free markets do respond to customer choice but these days corporations will do whatever they can to stack the deck in there favor (do predatory pricing, borderline slave labor, and/or monopoly ring a bell?) and will pass the cost on to whoever they can stick it to (usually meaning us the customers).

    I'd like to see which cell phone carrier(s) would really come out on top if they all didn't have their little comfort zones (i.e. areas where they are the only carrier) and had to actually compete against each other for customers. The same goes for broadband internet.

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