Verizon makes some bizarre broadband claims

Freud would have a field day with the chairman of the US telco Verizon.

Faced with figures which show the US was lagging behind in broadband, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg insisted that the nation was the number one in the world. It was not to do with speed, he claimed, it was all to do with penetration.

What? The fact that Hong Kong residents can now get 1Gbps symmetric fibre for US$26, while New York City residents top out at 100Mbps and cost $100? Capping 3Mbps – no the US is still number one.

Seinberg insists that it is nothing to do with ridiculous things like speed. Instead we should be looking at broadband penetration. In that, says Seidenberg, the US is beating the pants off everyone else.

Ah right. This is a normal US thing they do. They can’t play a game, like rugby or football, so they re-write the rules so no one else can play and then they say they are the world’s best.

This would mean that in the days of dial-up the world was a better place we guess. The fact that the people of Korea or  France, seem to be doing more with their faster Internet connections has nothing to do with it.

Seidenberg said that the US service is better than Japan because while they have faster speeds there are more Americans using the Internet.

While everybody says the European system is better, the average American uses their phone four times more.

Isn’t that because Europeans often have more than one phone? Seindenberg claims that people have more than one phone because global roaming charges are so high, so that solves that question.

He also adds that Europeans are envious of the advancements of smartphone technology in the US.

However it looks like Seindenberg is not only a bit dubious about the logic of his facts, he er, appears to have made them up.

Ars Technica dug through the OECD’s most recent broadband dataset, from the second quarter of 2009, and looked at penetration rates in Europe.

The US was getting beaten by most European countries, and in Netherlands, Norway, and Denmark it is getting its bottom kicked.

In terms of raw numbers, the US has the most broadband subscribers due to its size, but when it comes to penetration rate, it was even beaten by Canada

Gartner also released figures about broadband penetration last year and it ranked the US at 14th place a long way behind South Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, and other European countries.

Verizon likes to point out it has laid a lot of fibre in comparison to the all of Western Europe. However most Americans can’t actually get it.

In short it is a classic case of US banging on about how brilliant it is without much evidence. It is probably an insecurity based on the fact that it does not have a royal family, history, was founded by terrorists and the dross kicked out of every country that had all of these things.