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U.S. Drops Shamefully to Fifth in Most 'Networked' Countries List

Last week, we told you about the FCC's ambitious new broadband plan. Now, a recent report indicates that increasing high-speed Internet access in the U.S. might be more crucial than previously thought. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. dropped from third to fifth in the World Economic Forum's latest rankings of national information technology systems. Sweden topped the rankings, and, to nobody's surprise, China and India made huge gains.

According to the report, the U.S. comes in 22nd with regards to the percentage of people who have broadband subscriptions. For its overall score, the WEF considers more than 50 factors, like venture capital availability, technology laws, and math and science education. While the U.S. dropped overall, the report states that it remains one of the most innovative out of the 133 nations surveyed -- notably by producing more patents than many other countries.

So, will the FCC's National Broadband Plan boost the U.S.'s rankings in future WEF rankings? It should, but rather than worry about rankings, we'd just like to see the plan's outlined points addressed as soon as possible. [From: Wall Street Journal and World Economic Forum]

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