Anna Maria-Kovacs releases policy paper: “U.S. broadband networks rise to the challenge of surging traffic during the pandemic”
As a result of the pandemic, internet traffic has surged, creating unanticipated strain on broadband networks around the world. In a new policy paper, Dr. Anna-Maria Kovacs examines the performance of U.S. broadband networks relative to other networks in Europe and across the OECD. She finds that U.S. networks have handled the substantial pandemic–driven demand surge significantly better than their peer networks outside the U.S. She attributes this superior performance to higher sustained investment levels in the U.S., less reliance on DSL technologies in the U.S., and the generally lighter-touch regulatory policies that have been adopted in the U.S.