Despite the Obama administration’s promise of “universal access” to broadband in the US, rural areas have been left behind in wired broadband availability. To close this “broadband gap” low-population-density rural areas are adopting wireless broadband faster than urban areas, according to a recent study by Georgetown University (Macher & Mayo 2011). Will spectrum supply keep up with demand?
The US ranks 24th in wireless broadband penetration worldwide, according to a recent survey. Europe leads all regions in broadband speeds, averaging more than 2.7 times the worldwide average.