The US Ranks 16th Among Developed Nations for Broadband Penetration
Data Suggests It Will Continue to Fall Behind

According to the 2013, analysis by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) an international organization designed to stimulate world trade, the US now ranks 16th (down from 14th in 2010) for wired broadband penetration behind Korea, Canada, and New Zealand.[1]

Broadband penetration across OECD countries as of 2013. Penetration is measured as subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
Rank Country Penetration
1 Switzerland 43.82%
2 Netherlands 40%
3 Denmark 39.69%
4 Korea 37.05%
5 France 36.99%
6 Norway 36.59%
7 Iceland 35.12%
8 United Kingdom 34.89%
9 Germany 34.53%
10 Belgium 33.99%
11 Canada 32.84%
12 Luxembourg 32.65%
13 Sweden 32.33%
14 Finland 30.46%
15 New Zealand 29.45%
16 United States 29.27%
17 Japan 27.83%
18 Austria 25.64%
19 Australia 25.64%
20 Spain 25.3%
21 Israel 24.95%
22 Slovenia 24.82%
23 Estonia 24.79%
24 Greece 24.7%
25 Ireland 23.31%
26 Portugal 23.15%
27 Italy 22.41%
28 Hungary 22.25%
29 Czech Republic 17.02%
30 Poland 15.44%
31 Slovak Republic 15.16%
32 Chile 12.75%
33 Mexico 11.87%
34 Turkey 10.66%

While there are several factors that can skew these statistics such as geography and population density, the problem of the US falling behind in broadband penetration is only exacerbated by inadequate competition.

Broadband Penetration in the US Falling Behind other Developed Countries

Based on further data collected by the OECD, the US now ranks 24th out of 31 participant countries when it comes to the speed as which broadband penetration is increasing. [2]

Change in broadband penetration across OECD countries between 2010 and 2013.
Rank Country Penetration 2010 Penetration 2013 Percent Change
1 Switzerland 37.1% 43.82% 6.71%
2 Greece 18.71% 24.7% 5.99%
3 France 31.4% 36.99% 5.58%
4 New Zealand 24.49% 29.45% 4.95%
5 United Kingdom 30.48% 34.89% 4.41%
6 Portugal 18.92% 23.15% 4.22%
7 Finland 26.36% 30.46% 4.1%
8 Belgium 30% 33.99% 3.99%
9 Hungary 18.66% 22.25% 3.59%
10 Czech Republic 13.73% 17.02% 3.29%
11 Germany 31.26% 34.53% 3.26%
12 Slovak Republic 12.02% 15.16% 3.14%
13 Spain 22.22% 25.3% 3.08%
14 Ireland 20.31% 23.31% 2.99%
15 Canada 30.06% 32.84% 2.78%
16 Austria 22.96% 25.64% 2.67%
17 Korea 34.43% 37.05% 2.62%
18 Chile 10.21% 12.75% 2.53%
19 Poland 13.07% 15.44% 2.37%
20 Denmark 37.34% 39.69% 2.35%
21 Norway 34.24% 36.59% 2.34%
22 Netherlands 37.78% 40% 2.21%
23 Australia 23.43% 25.64% 2.2%
24 United States 27.11% 29.27% 2.15%
25 Iceland 33.28% 35.12% 1.84%
26 Mexico 10.09% 11.87% 1.78%
27 Japan 26.28% 27.83% 1.55%
28 Turkey 9.43% 10.66% 1.23%
29 Italy 21.32% 22.41% 1.09%
30 Sweden 31.75% 32.33% 0.57%
31 Luxembourg 34.11% 32.65% -1.47%

 

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