The US is still lagging behind other developed nations in levels of broadband internet availability. Nineteen million Americans still lack broadband access, according to the Eight Broadband Progress Report, issued by the Federal Communications Commission.
“In an era when broadband is essential to innovation, jobs and global competitiveness, the report concludes that the FCC — and the nation — must continue to address obstacles impeding universal broadband deployment and availability,” read the report.
The US ranked 16th last year in fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, according to a report by the International Telecommunications Union. Several European countries, along with South Korea and Hong Kong, beat out the United States.