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US and Canada Drop in Broadband Penetration Worldwide

The United States and Canada both dropped in worldwide broadband rankings last year, according to a recent broadband survey. The US dropped to 23rd place in Q1 2011 in broadband penetration. more »

1.2 Billion Active Mobile Broadband Users

There are over 1.2 billion active mobile broadband users worldwide, according to a recent survey. Europe leads the world in broadband penetration, for both wired and wireless connections. more »

US Broadband Penetration Drops to 27th Place Worldwide

The United States dropped two places in broadband penetration rankings in just over a year, according to a survey by Point Topic. Serbia leads the world with an annual broadband growth rate of 68%. more »

Over 2 Billion Internet Users Worldwide

More than 2 billion people use the Internet worldwide, according to a recent survey. Europe leads the world in fixed broadband adoption with 54% more penetration than the Americas. more »

European Mobile Broadband Penetration Nearly Twice the Americas

Europe leads the world in mobile broadband penetration with nearly twice the adoption rate of the Americas. The Commonwealth of Independent States leads the world in cellular adoption with over 130% penetration. more »

Study: Americans Lead World in Broadband Use

The US ranks near the top in Internet usage, and leads the world in total broadband subscribers, according to recent studies. more »

Bulgaria Leads Europe in Broadband Growth

Bulgaria leads all of Europe in broadband growth, according to a recent survey by ECTA. Although it lags in overall broadband penetration to top ranked Denmark and the Netherlands, Bulgaria's annual broadband growth rate is over 228%. more »

UK Broadband Penetration Drops to 14th Worldwide

Over the last quarter of 2008 the UK and Canada dropped behind the tiny Bailiwick of Guernsey to 14th and 15th place respectively in the global broadband penetration race. Meanwhile in the US, broadband penetration dropped to 93.1% among active Internet users. more »

Universal Broadband Plan Calls for $44 billion in Spending

The new Obama administration has pledged to deploy next-generation broadband to every community in America, but has offered few specifics. The Free Press has published a specific plan to accomplish broadband for all. China has passed the US in total broadband subscribers. more »

US Broadband Penetration Growth Drops to 17th Worldwide

The US fell from 15th to 17th place in broadband growth worldwide, according to a new survey from the OECD. Overall, the US remained at 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide, relying on cable to provide the majority of broadband connections while most of the leading countries rely on DSL. more »

Survey: Europe to Pass US in Wi-Fi Use

Europe will soon pass the US in wireless usage at current growth rates, according to a recent survey. The FCC has redefined how it measures broadband, more than tripling the defined speed and eliminating the zip-code designation. more »

Broadband Achieves Majority Fastest

Faster than any other consumer technology, broadband achieved more than 50% adoption according to a survey by Pew Internet. Iceland leads the EU27 in household broadband penetration. more »

Japanese Broadband World's Fastest, Cheapest

Japan leads the world with the fastest and lowest unit cost for broadband, according to recent data from the OECD. Japan enjoys costs per megabit per second over four times lower than that of the US. Iceland cooled off in global broadband penetration rankings falling from third to sixth from Q4 200 to Q2 2007, while the US remained in 15th place overall. more »

Western Europe Leads North America in Broadband Growth

Western European countries are adding broadband subscribers at a faster pace than the US and Canada, according to a recent report by Point Topic. more »

Europe Passes US in Broadband Penetration

The EU has passed the US in broadband penetration, according to a broadband survey from ECTA. ECTA attributes the 16% growth in broadband lines over the last six months to increased competition from new telecom entrants employing local loop unbundling and cable. more »

iTunes Popularity to Surpass RealPlayer in 2007

Unique iTunes users will exceed RealPlayer users by the first half of 2007, according to projections by Website Optimization. European broadband penetration growth is slowing as the US approaches 80% penetration among active Internet users. more »

UK Passes Japan in Broadband Penetration

The UK passed Japan and the US in broadband penetration during the first quarter of 2006. The UK's faster growth rate propelled it to second place in the G7, behind first place Canada. US broadband penetration grew only 0.27% among active Internet users to 76.6% in October 2006. more »

European Broadband Penetration Gap Widening

The broadband gap in Europe is widening, according to a recent survey. While Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland top the EU, Greece, Poland, and Slovakia are trailing in broadband penetration. Meanwhile in the US, broadband penetration among active Internet users neared 75% in August 2006. more »

US Drops to 20th in Broadband Penetration

Despite leading the world in broadband subscribers, the US dropped from 17th to 20th place in broadband penetration over the past year. Falling behind Sweden, the UK, and tiny Luxembourg the US grew by only 27.1% to 44.5% penetration from March 2005 to March 2006. Meanwhile, US broadband penetration among active Internet users grew 1.34 percentage points to 73.1% in June 2006. more »

Home Broadband Growth Doubles with 42% of all Americans on High-Speed

Home broadband adoption has doubled over the past two years with 42% of all Americans using a high-speed connection at home. Broadband is fueling a digital renaissance with 35% of all Internet users posting content to the Internet, most of which are on broadband. DSL has passed cable in the US, and broadband penetration among active Internet users jumped 1.3 percentage points to 71.76% in May 2006. more »

Bush Broadband Goal Gored

President Bush's goal of universal broadband access for all Americans by 2007 appears to be in doubt, according to a recent GAO report. Between 42% to 48% of online Americans subscribe to a broadband service, according to two surveys. Among active Internet users, US broadband penetration broke 70% for the first time in April 2006. In Europe, slow adoption among new member states has created a two-speed European Union. more »

Internet Videos Spawn Performance Anxiety

As higher bandwidth content streams to more bandwidth-hungry users quality of service can suffer. Some industry experts are wondering if the Net can scale to handle the load. Meanwhile, the rural-urban broadband penetration gap is closing in America. more »

Belgium Leads European Countries in Broadband Penetration

Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland lead European countries in overall broadband penetration, according to a survey by HeavyReading.com in March 2005. U.S. broadband penetration grew by 0.75 percentage points to 57% in March 2005. more »

Broadband Buyers Dominate Online

Broadband users buy over two thirds of online purchases, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. While women now outpace men in European Internet uptake, the digital divide remains. In January 2005, U.S. broadband penetration increased to 55.5%. more »

US Broadband Continues Steady Growth

Broadband penetration in the US climbed to 33.5% in February 2003. 66.5% of US home users connect at 56Kbps or less. Spain has the highest percentage of broadband users in Europe with 37% by the end of 2002. more »
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