Broadband in US – good but expense according to reports

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.

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, Funding, Research by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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