We find that, across all plans, the United States consistently ranks in the most affordable half of the distribution when accounting for the incomes earned by the average household. This is especially true for entry-level plans, with the US ranking as the 3rd most affordable for this mobile service category among the 20 benchmark countries, with an annual cost equivalent to 0.3% of the average household personal disposable income…
Furthermore, our analysis shows US affordability has improved substantially between 2018 and 2021, with entry-level plans falling by 44% as a proportion of household disposable income.
The study is worth reading in full, and it can be found online at CTIA's website.
Free State Foundation scholars previously have highlighted the pro-consumer pricing performance of broadband Internet services over the last few years – and particularly in the face of harsh inflation. The affordability of mobile broadband services in the U.S. is a fortunate result of the strong private network investment, innovation, and competition in the U.S. wireless market. Preserving the existing federal light-touch policy framework for regulating communications services – including mobile broadband services – is essential to ensuring that mobile services remain affordable for Americans.