The U.S. ranks 16th in the world in broadband penetration.
Here's a stat for you to chew on, thanks to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU): Among the top 20 industrialized nations in terms of broadband penetration, the United States ranks 16th, just behind Singapore. 16th!
According to the data, only 11.4% of Americans are broadband subscribers. That compares with Korea's 24.9%, the number one broadband nation. Next on the list is Hong Kong, followed by the Netherlands, Denmark, and Canada.
At the same time (and perhaps one of the reasons for the low ranking), on a per megabit basis, U.S. consumers pay 10 to 25 times more than broadband users in Japan, who ranks three spots ahead of the U.S.
While I was aware that the U.S was not at the top of the list, I surely would have expected it to be somewhere in the top ten. But then again, when you look at where the U.S. is in terms of cell-phone deployment technologies, it shouldn't be as much of a surprise. The "long awaited" rollout of 3G isn't waiting at all in many countries. They've been running 3G services for quite some time already.
I guess we've got some catching up to do.