The global Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has announced its latest report on worldwide broadband penetration. Not surprisingly, the U.S. comes in just under 27 percent, a few points above the global average of slightly less than 23 percent, which is good for 15th place out of 30 countries listed. The numbers were valid as of the end of 2008.
The average monthly broadband subscription price in the U.S. is about $45.52, according to the OECD, which is slightly above the worldwide average of about $43.92.
Meanwhile and separately, the Federal Communications Commission claims to be moving ahead with developing a national broadband policy, even though it is short a couple of members and still awaiting confirmation of a new permanent chairman. While national planning will help the U.S. climb the OECD rankings, you have to wonder if the real key to imrpoving U.S. broadband penetration will lie in rural telco consolidation that has picked up recently and may allow rural customers left out of the broadband era by larger companies to join the party.
Broadband adoption has slowed as penetration increased
Gartner predicted 77 percent broadband penetration by 2012