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DC Tops in US Broadband Speed

The District of Columbia had the fastest average broadband speed in the USA. The US came in 17th worldwide in broadband penetration in a recent survey. more »

Mexico Tops in Broadband Growth

Mexico was tops in broadband penetration growth in a recent survey. Switzerland topped all countries in broadband penetration with 43.4% penetration per 100 inhabitants. Meanwhile the US remained stuck in 15th place in broadband penetration, relying mainly on cable subscribers while the top countries had 57.3% DSL subscribers. more »

USA Passes Japan in Wireless Broadband Among G7

The United States passed Japan in wireless broadband penetration for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2012, in a recent survey. Finland tops all countries in wireless broadband with 106% penetration. more »

US Jumps to 7th in Wireless Broadband Penetration Worldwide

The United States jumped to 7th place in wireless broadband penetration worldwide in late 2011. Korea, Sweden and Finland top all countries surveyed in wireless broadband. more »

Poland Tops in Broadband Growth Worldwide

Poland topped all countries in broadband growth in a recent survey. The US remained in 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide. more »

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 »

Nearly Two-Thirds of US Broadband Subscribers are Wireless

Most broadband subscribers in the US are wireless, according to a recent survey. The United States ranks 9th worldwide in wireless broadband penetration. more »

US Broadband Speed Jumps to 16th Worldwide

The US has improved its broadband speed rankings from 22nd to 16th worldwide, according to an Akamai broadband survey. Delaware enjoys the fastest connections in the US, and California continues to dominate the top US cities for fast broadband. We also show the slowest countries and US states. more »

US Stays at 15th Place in Broadband Penetration Worldwide

The US remained at 15th place in broadband penetration worldwide, according to a recent survey. Despite leading the world in broadband subscribers, the US is in 11th place in fiber penetration and 22nd place in broadband speed overall. more »

US Drops to 22nd in Broadband Speed Worldwide

The average connection speed in the United States fell from 18th to 22nd place worldwide in the last quarter of 2009. The fastest broadband cities in the US are college towns. more »

US Broadband Penetration Drops to 25th Worldwide

The US dropped to 25th place in broadband penetration worldwide, according to a recent survey. Liechtenstein led all countries surveyed in broadband penetration by household and by population. 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 »

Monaco Wins Broadband Jackpot

Monaco trumped the world with the highest broadband penetration rate of 47.4 percent among all countries surveyed. The UK dropped from 14th place to 17th place in broadband penetration over the past two quarters. more »

US Broadband Speed 18th Worldwide

The US came in 18th worldwide in average connection speed, growing at about half the worldwide average increase over the past year. Delaware had the fastest connection speed among the 50 states surveyed, while DC had the slowest. more »

Japanese Broadband Nears 50% Fiber

Japan is poised to break an important milestone this summer, with 50% of broadband users on high-speed fiber-optic lines. And the Japanese (along with Korea, the UK, and France) enjoy some of the lowest cost bandwidth available worldwide. 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 »

Apple Streaming Media Players Target Microsoft

The popularity of Apple's iTunes and QuickTime players has grown from 32% to 36.4% over the past year, while Microsoft's Windows Media Player has remained unchanged at 50.7% share. Broadband lines grew by 20% in Europe over the past year, while growth slowed in the US to 59% broadband penetration. 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 »

UK to pass Canada in Broadband Penetration in 2008

The UK will pass Canada in broadband penetration in late 2008, according to projections by Website Optimization. Japan and Korea now have more fiber-based broadband connections than DSL or cable. more »

US Drops to 19th in Broadband Penetration Worldwide

US broadband penetration dropped from 17th to 19th place overall among all countries surveyed over the past two quarters. Monaco leads all nations surveyed with 40.6% of the population on broadband and 100% of households. 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 »

US Jumps to 24th in Worldwide Broadband Penetration

Reversing a previous trend, the US jumped to 24th place in worldwide broadband penetration in the first quarter of 2007. While South Korea remains the leading broadband nation, Hong Kong should pass South Korea in household broadband penetration this summer at current growth rates. more »

OECD Broadband Report Questioned

Questions over a recent OECD broadband report have caused a broadband brouhaha among the cognoscenti. Broadband penetration in US homes grew to 81.8% among active Internet users in April 2007. more »

US Falls to 25th in Broadband Penetration Worldwide

The US fell from 23rd to 25th place in worldwide broadband penetration in the last half of 2006, according to a recent survey by Point Topic. An OECD study confirms the slowdown, with US broadband growth falling below the OECD average. Meanwhile, US broadband penetration grew 0.65 percentage points to 80.81% among active Internet users in March 2007. 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 »

China to Pass US in Total Broadband Lines

China will pass the US in total broadband lines by the third quarter of 2006. UK broadband penetration will nearly double by 2008 and US broadband penetration among active Internet users broke 75% in September 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 »

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 »

China will pass US in Broadband Lines by late 2006

China will pass the US in total broadband subscribers by the end of 2006. The US fell to 19th overall in broadband penetration worldwide, and is in danger of being passed by Slovenia in early 2007. Meanwhile, in December 2005 US broadband penetration broke 65% for the first time among active Internet users. more »

UK Passes US in Broadband Penetration

The UK passed the US for the first time in broadband penetration on a per-capita basis in August. The US continued its fall to 13th in broadband penetration among all OECD countries, yet leads all countries surveyed in total broadband subscriptions. Finland, the Netherlands, and Norway lead the pack in broadband penetration growth. 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 »

US Broadband Penetration Crawls to 43%

US broadband adoption crawled to 43% in January, up only 0.15% from December 2003. Sweden has the highest Internet penetration worldwide at 76.9%. 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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