In today's hypercompetitive knowledge-based economy, broadband access plays a critical role in the productivity, innovation and economic growth of a nation. The United States ranks 15th globally in broadband penetration measured against population, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Sixty-five million Americans depend on broadband services for work, education, entertainment and communications, yet respondents to a recent Tellabs survey say we've still got a long way to go. Respondents strongly support expanding broadband availability in the United States, especially in under-served rural areas, arguing that the lack of broadband availability, whether due to geographic or economic reasons, hurts productivity. In fact, according to the survey, 84% think that the United States trailing so many other nations in broadband penetration is a serious problem. And 89% think lack of broadband access hurts an individual's educational, productivity and employment potential.