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Iceland: We're No 1 In Broadband!

Broadband usage in the United States is mired in the 12th position internationally as Iceland and South Korea battle for the top concentration of broadband users, according to a broadband survey released Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Iceland supplanted South Korea in the latest survey, recording 26.7 broadband users per 100 to South Korea's 25.4 users. However, the OECD suggested that South Korea's setback may be temporary while the country switches to the next generation of fiber optical broadband.

"Korea's broadband market is advancing to the next stage of development where existing subscribers switch platforms for increased bandwidth," the OECD report stated. "In Korea, fiber-based broadband connections grew 52.4 percent during 2005."

The report noted that among all the countries surveyed, there was a net loss of 3.3 percent and 1.7 percent of DSL and cable broadband, respectively.

Iceland, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, and Australia each added more than 6 broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants in 2005 to pace the standings.

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