Bruce P. Mehlman
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Significantly, the United States has an efficiency index of 96.7%, which is slightly higher than the purported “broadband miracles” of Japan and Korea (96.3%, 95.8%), consistent with the results of our earlier paper.
As a result, our new findings again reveal that the United States is improperly criticized in for lagging behind its peers in broadband adoption.
[The Phoenix Center] estimates scores [for OECD countries] indicating the efficiency with which a country converts its economic and demographic endowments into broadband subscriptions.
As the significant differences across OECD countries are not limited to population,
citing to raw OECD [broadband subscriptions per capita] data—without further analysis— presents a misleading picture of broadband adoption and provides a poor basis upon which responsible public policy can be developed.
Japan enjoys download speeds more than 30 times faster than the average in the U.S., often at cheaper prices.
Among Ohio residents who do not own a computer:
* 63% say they do not need one
* 22% say they are too expensive
* 10% use a computer at a different location
* 2% don’t know/refused.