How Broadband Stacks Up – United States vs. European Union
American broadband networks are some of the fastest and most robust in the world, thanks to massive private-sector infrastructure investments. They enable consumers to access innovative tools and services, inventors to create new applications and businesses to improve efficiency.
As Mobile World Congress commences in Barcelona, Spain this week, Broadband for America has released a brochure that compares the state of broadband in Europe and the United States.
Recent data from the E.U. and U.S. shows that the U.S. has taken the right approach to deploying broadband technology:
- Superior Deployment Levels – Americans have significantly greater access to broadband technology than Europeans, with 96 percent of the U.S. population having access to LTE, compared with 26 percent of the European population. U.S. households also have greater access to cable broadband and fiber to the home, with 93 percent and 25 percent access respectively; in Europe, only 42 percent of households have access to cable broadband and 12 percent have access to fiber to the home.
- Higher Investment – The growth in U.S. broadband is heavily due to private Internet infrastructure investments. In 2012, per capita broadband investment in the E.U. was less than half of what it was in the U.S
- European Official Validation – Neelie Kroes, the senior Internet policy maker in the European Commission, even said that Europe needs to catch up.