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Released: May 20, 2011

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
May 20, 2011
Thomas Sullivan (202) 418-0437
Neil Grace (202) 418-0506

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU RELEASES SECOND INTERNATIONAL

BROADBAND DATA REPORT

Washington, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission International Bureau today
released its second International Broadband Data Report presenting comparative data on
international broadband capability. The report presents, for the first time, econometric analyses of
how population size, population density, income, and education affect broadband adoption at a
sub-national or "community" level.
The report provides staff-gathered data on broadband service plans and pricing in 38
countries
(including the United States), representing a broad range of broadband markets,
including countries of various sizes and population densities. The dataset includes information
on bundle pricing and advertised monthly recurring charges and nonrecurring charges such as
connection and modem fees. The Bureau is making this dataset openly available so that
interested parties can perform further research and analysis.
Highlights include:

Broadband adoption linked to population size, density and income:


NEWS
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
May 20, 2011
Thomas Sullivan (202) 418-0437
Neil Grace (202) 418-0506

INTERNATIONAL BUREAU RELEASES SECOND INTERNATIONAL

BROADBAND DATA REPORT

Washington, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission International Bureau today
released its second International Broadband Data Report presenting comparative data on
international broadband capability. The report presents, for the first time, econometric analyses of
how population size, population density, income, and education affect broadband adoption at a
sub-national or "community" level.
The report provides staff-gathered data on broadband service plans and pricing in 38
countries
(including the United States), representing a broad range of broadband markets,
including countries of various sizes and population densities. The dataset includes information
on bundle pricing and advertised monthly recurring charges and nonrecurring charges such as
connection and modem fees. The Bureau is making this dataset openly available so that
interested parties can perform further research and analysis.
Highlights include:

Broadband adoption linked to population size, density and income:

The results
suggest a correlation between broadband adoption and (1) communities with larger
populations, (2) communities with higher population density, and (3) communities with
higher income. The analysis, however, does not detect a statistically significant
relationship between education and broadband adoption.

Download Speeds in Some European and Asian Cities Have Edge Over Comparable
U.S. Cities:

The data on average actual download speeds reported by consumers in U.S.
and foreign cities show that some large European and Asian cities exhibit a significant
edge over comparable U.S. cities in reported download speeds. Reported speeds for
some other international cities, however, are roughly comparable to speeds in many U.S.
cities.
As with the first International Broadband Data Report, the staff found that available data
sources on international broadband are incomplete and generally challenging to compare because
of significant gaps and variations in data collection methodologies across countries.
Accordingly, the report outlines steps the Commission is taking to obtain better, more globally

standardized broadband data in order to help the Commission better meet its statutory
responsibilities.
The report is available for reference in the FCC's Reference Information Center at 445 12th Street,
S.W., Courtyard Level, Washington, D.C. 20554. Copies may be purchased by contacting the
FCC's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room
CY-B402, Washington D.C. 20554, telephone 1-800-378-3160, facsimile 202-488-5563, or via e-
mail at fcc@bcpiweb.com. The report is also available at http://www.fcc.gov/ib.
International Bureau contact: Arthur Lechtman at (202) 418-1465
- FCC-

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