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How wide is the world’s digital divide, anyway? July 2, 2009

Posted by Matthias Kiefer in Internet & Communities.
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It’s not hard for Americans to work themselves into a lather over the state of broadband in this country, which is improving but still not on par with the 100Mbps fiber lines widely offered in countries like South Korea and Japan. But it’s worth taking a step back every once in a while to consider the global picture: much of the world has broadband penetration rates under 20 percent, and the largest single group of countries has penetration rates of between 0 and 5 percent.

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But it’s the final two categories that are most enlightening. 64 countries—just over half of all countries tracked—have broadband penetration rates of under 20 percent (most are in the 0-5 percent category).

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via How wide is the world’s digital divide, anyway? – Ars Technica.

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