Groups saying the U.S. is closer to a broadband wasteland are driven by economic philosophy favoring government involvement in some markets, Bennett added. "The arguments that say the United States is falling behind the rest of the world are just not empirically sound," he said. "There's a philosophical disagreement that's pretending to be a factual dispute."
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.