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The mounting evidence that the US is NOT falling behind on Broadband

Given the ongoing reporting of claims by net neutrality proponents that US broadband deployment is falling behind our international competitors (like the USA Today article in this link suggests), it is helpful to pull together some of the best analyses I have seen that debunk these claims by the OECD/CWA.  

For those who care to more substantively review the facts, evidence and merits of this very important public policy question, I highly recommend reading the following four sources linked in this blog, which all effectively and differently debunk the claim the US is falling behind on broadband:

  1. Scott Wallsten of the Progress and Freedom Foundation, has just released an outstanding presentation "Everything you have heard about broadband in the US is wrong" in which he systematically and rigorously exposes the flaws in the OECD approach and their low ranking of the US on broadband.
  2. The Economist Intelligence Unit recently did global Internet/broadband rankings and found the US was #2 not #~20 like the OECD rankings indicate. The Economist is a very credible non-US-based source. They came to a very different conclusion and ranking than the OECD did. It is instructive to learn why.  
  3. FCC Commissioner McDowell gave a great speech recently where he systematically eviscerated the methodologically-sloppy broadband rankings done by the OECD.   
  4. Lastly I wrote a commentary for the Washington Times "America's Unique Internet Suceess" in March, which highlighted America's unique commitment to, and success in, achieving more real facilities-based broadband competiton and investment than any nation in the world.

At a minimum, anyone that reads the analyses linked above, will come away very skeptical that the US is falling behind in broadband.

  • More likely than not, an open-minded reviewer of both sides' arguments and evidence will be convinced that there is not sufficient clarity or confidence surrounding the assessment -- to warrant reversing over a decade of successful free-market, pro-competition broadband policy and replace it with a "national broadband policy" of Internet regulation, taxation and government subsidies.

Rather than fabricating bogus market problems, it would be more productive for the "Broadband Complaining Chorus" of " Productions,"  to explain what their alternative "national broadband policy" actually is, and why it would be superior to America's existing free market broadband policy.

  • We're waiting...