BroadbandBreakfast.com Staff, BroadbandBreakfast.com
WASHINGTON, October 13, 2010 – The United States plans to take actions to promote broadband similar to other nations, but achieving those goals will be challenging, says a new government report.
The Government Accountability Office looked at the plan offered by the Federal Communications Commission and how it reflects the experiences of leading countries on the issue. It found that the United States has a tough road ahead.
Last week the OECD released its update on broadband metrics and the United States lags most developing countries in broadband speeds and price. It is interesting to note that the cost per bit for Internet access is about 4 times higher than in countries that have more than two competitors in the market. These figures once again validate the need for local access competition. Our broadband penetration is respectable considering the population density, but we still lag countries with true competition.
The OECD this week released an update to its much-watched set of broadband metrics. The data set now extends through December 2009, and the US continues to look anemic on most OECD measures.