The OECD statistics are the weapon broadband pundits cite in order to bludgeon folks into believing the USA is a broadband backwater, trailing technical powerhouse nation-states such as Iceland and Norway.
Market Clarity, a research firm out of Australia performed an independent analysis of the data and found some gross mis-representations. Along the way they added a thicker set of data that is simply the best global broadband stats I’ve seen that is free.
The report corrects the OECD stats for variations in household size and presents the data in a more meaningful manner, including rankings by speed offered. The US is ranked 3rd in the world, not 12th, if you only count connections over 256kbs and adjust for variations in household size.
So, next time someone brings up how terrible the state of broadband is in the USA when compared with the rest of the world, point them here. I’m sure the broadband hounds of doom are already checking out the firm to see if they have taken money from AT&T, Verizon, etc.
I still stand by my opinion that the only measure that matters is how many people want broadband but cannot get it. The folks who gauge a countries success by absolute broadband penetration are no different than the other government-is-your-mommy folks who claim to know what is best for you.
Thank you for clarifying things, Market Clarity.
Full report here.