OECD stats: The U.S. has the most broadband subscribers, but still has some work to do

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Those broadband policy wonks who love to explain how good U.S. broadband is will certainly enjoy the latest batch of broadband data from the OECD. The data, which was released today, is based on information from June 2013. And you know what? The U.S. is number one when it comes to the number of broadband subscribers: we have 93 million — by far and away the most of OECD countries (which does not include India and China).

Of course, with the largest population of any of the OECD countries, this metric is unsurprising — and somewhat useless. Of the data released today the most interesting are probably the charts showing wireless penetration (the U.S. is No. 2 after Japan) and the growth of fiber. It’s also worth noting that most of the OECD broadband subscriptions are still DSL-based (click to expand).

But fiber subscriptions are growing, albeit fairly slowly. The U.S is in the lower part of the pack and below the OECD average when it comes to growth in fiber subscriptions year over year with a 11.8 percent growth rate (but we’re not negative!). We also rank 14th in the percentage of fiber connections overall at 7.72 percent, so — For more information read the original article here.    

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