19 October 2006

OECD broadband statistics

The OECD periodically publishes broadband statistics for its member countries, which are all industrialized. The latest report can be found here. There are a few surprises here of note:
  • First, the US ranks ahead of Japan in broadband penetration, which I believe to be a first.
  • Another interesting thing is that the US is the only OECD member country in which cable modem subscribership is ahead of DSL. But, the use of each of these technologies is remarkably balanced (8/100 for DSL and 9.8/100 for cable) compared with other OECD countries.
So that brings to my mind a few questions ... what do these statistics say about some of the concerns raised by "net neut*" proponents? Would you anticipate "net neut*" arguments to emerge in other countries as well?

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1 comment:

Pat said...

The fundamental difference between DSL and Cable lies in its medium. DSL is running over copper wire, the same as telephone service, while Cable is running over coaxial line. Knowingly, Cable came after and both firstly started in the US. As I consider myself a newbie to the field, given this in mind and suppose that multiple platforms competition is encouraged, it comes at no surprise to me why BB subscribers in the US are remarkably balanced. I think it would be nice to have yet another graph comparing the “physical” penetration rate between DSL (i.e. DSLAMs) and Cable. So that there will be another basis to compare besides inhabitants.

As we all know, a healthy broadband is good for cable industry. Cable today delivers the fastest and therefore most attractive broadband connections. It is a superior technology over DSL. It is also pointed out to me that if Evolution Theory were a theorem of living creatures, then Net Neut* would be the theorem of technology. One of them will eventually disappear if it cannot survive or adapt to new environment.

After all, I think Net Neut* might be arisen in some countries to protect some business and it should be acceptable provided that everyone is satisfied or get the most out of Economics resources.