Each year, the FCC is tasked with reporting on the state of broadband adoption in the United States as compared to the rest of the world. The FCC’s second International Broadband Data Report presents comparative data from multiple sources on the extent of international broadband service capacity based on the best data available. The report found that there is a significant correlation between broadband adoption and income, population, and population density, with the strongest correlations from GDP and population density.
The FCC’s recent broadband penetration report has critics wondering about its accuracy. Is the FCC fudging US broadband figures to avoid taking “immediate action” or artificially inflate penetration rates to help the President meet his stated goal of “universal, affordable access to broadband by 2007”? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, in June, US broadband jumped 1.36 percentage points to 58.57% among active Internet users.