The US has dropped to 20th, down from 17th, in percentage of households served by broadband connections and is poised to drop off the chart. As abysmal as that ranking is, it actually understates the problem since “broadband” is loosely defined as anything faster than a 56k modem. US systems are relatively slow compared to our competitors on the world stage. South Korean and Japanese systems, for example, deliver significantly faster speed for fraction of our cost.
It’s getting progressively harder to paint our cable and phone incumbents as anything other than incompetent. They’ve squandered a huge lead in infrastructure in the worlds wealthiest country.