Broadband Search looks at cost of broadband around the world. They make a lot of comparison based on location but in the end here are some core facts:
- US ranks 2 for most expensive broadband:
The average cost of a broadband internet connection in the United States is $61.07, according to data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Overall, the average cost of internet amongst OECD countries is $37.78.
- US ranks 3 for fastest download speed:
The average internet speed, according to data collected by Speedtest.net, shows the average download speed in the US is 143.28 Mbps, which is good for 3rd overall amongst OECD countries.
- US ranks 13 for price per MB
Residents paying around $0.43 per MB of data.
So, US is expensive but good broadband. The article points out that you might expect different results from a country that claims to be the most developed, richest and most free capitalist market in the world. They offer reasons why costs in America are so high:
- Competition (lack thereof)
- Lack of infrastructure
- Focus on urban customers
With so much federal and state money going into broadband right now, it seems like a good time to take a look at these issues.