Eight European countries have achieved broadband penetration levels higher than the United States and Japan, reports The New York Times.
According to figures released Wednesday, the European Union added 19 million broadband lines in 2007, more than 50,000 households a day.
By July 2007, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and France had surpassed the United States' subscription rate. Germany passed the United States in January.
Still, the overall penetration rate stood at 20 percent at the end of 2007, below the U.S. average of 22.1 percent, reports easybourse.com. A year ago, that rate stood at 18.2 percent. The EU goal is 30 percent penetration by 2010.
Among EU plans to reach that goal are to increase competition and standardize regulations across member countries, according to euractiv.com.