Home / Blogs

Why US Broadband Service Continues to Stagnate - Some Simple Numbers to Drive the Point Home

Sascha Meinrath

I've been fascinated by the recent announcement that Australia is spending $31 billion USD to upgrade its broadband. With all the excitement and fuss over the broadband stimulus funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it may seem strange to be claiming that the $7.2 billion is a pitifully small amount — but let me bring this home for you:

Australia has a population of roughly 22 million people and is spending $31 billion USD. That works out to over $1400 per person.

The U.S. has a population of roughly 306 million people and is spending $7.2 billion USD. That works out to a bit under $25 per person.

To be commiserate with Australia, the US should be spending over $430 billion on its broadband infrastructure.

By Sascha Meinrath, Director at X-Lab
Follow CircleID on

If you are pressed for time ...

... this is for you. More and more professionals are choosing to publish critical posts on CircleID from all corners of the Internet industry. If you find it hard to keep up daily, consider subscribing to our weekly digest. We will provide you a convenient summary report once a week sent directly to your inbox. It's a quick and easy read.

I make a point of reading CircleID. There is no getting around the utility of knowing what thoughtful people are thinking and saying about our industry.

Vinton Cerf, Co-designer of the TCP/IP Protocols & the Architecture of the Internet

Share your comments

The US is spending far more than Australia Anonymous Coward  –  May 13, 2009 4:34 PM PDT

and it's coming from the private sector, not the public sector. Which is better.

To post comments, please login or create an account.



New TLDs

Sponsored byAfilias

Domain Names

Sponsored byVerisign

IP Addressing

Sponsored byAvenue4 LLC


Sponsored byVerisign

DNS Security

Sponsored byAfilias