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U.S. Ranking in Broadband Adoption

On the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranking of per capita broadband adoption rates among countries, the United States now ranks only No.15, down from No. 4 in 2001; but closing the broadband gap in America will not be easy. With respect to the rate of U.S. home broadband adoption, a lot has been accomplished in a relatively short time — the Pew Internet Project’s February 2007 survey found that 47% of American adults have broadband at home, nearly double the 24% penetration level of three years earlier. But given the predominant characteristics of non-broadband users, two frequently suggested strategies — reducing prices and improving infrastructure availability — are likely to have limited impacts. Read More