U.S. Makes the Best Use of Its Broadband

A new report ranking broadband connectivity argues that it’s not how much you have but what you do with it. And according to the Connectivity Scorecard, no one is doing enough. Instead of measuring bandwidth speed or how much people pay to get connected, the report throws that information into the mix with data such as literacy rates, enterprise use and services offered via broadband to deliver two sets of rankings.

connectivity_score2.gifOne ranking includes industrialized countries (which are dubbed “innovation-driven economies”); the U.S. tops the list as the country taking the most advantage of its broadband, while Japan and Korea (which have higher speeds and a reputation for more services and users) come in at No. 3 and No. 10, respectively. The other ranking focuses on “resource-driven economies” (PC-speak for developing countries.)

Russia tops that list — thanks to its high literacy rates and a large number of mobile users — while India and Nigeria round out the bottom. Props to the list makers for recognizing that different countries have different concerns when it comes to connectivity, and that there’s more to innovation than speed. But the fact that it was commissioned by Nokia Siemens Networks did make me raise an eyebrow.