ITU: Household Internet Access Strong; Individual, Not So Much
New report says mobile could take up slack
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/24/2012 10:19:00 AM
The report found that as of 2011, the U.S. ranked 18th in fixed broadband penetration (fixed subscriptions per 100 inhabitants) at 28.7 and eighth in mobile broadband penetration at 65.5.
Topping the list of fixed subscriptions per 100 inhabitants are the tiny country of Liechtenstein at 71.6% and the even tinier principality of Monaco at 44.2. On the wireless side, Singapore and Korea averaged more than one subscription apiece at 110.9 and 105.1.
Iceland leads in the category of percentage of individuals using the Internet at 95%. The U.S. is 23rd with 77.9%.
The report concludes that to boost broadband, governments need to increase regulatory certainty and lower barriers to market entry.
The U.S. gets one of the reports "featured insight" pullouts for President Obama's "dig once" executive order. The initiative is aimed at "facilitat[ing] broadband deployment on Federal lands, buildings, and rights of way, federally assisted highways, and tribal and individual Indian trust lands," including coordinating the deployment of underground fiber conduit on highway projects -- the "dig once" portion of the order.
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