Found this little gem on Marginal Revolution. It says that the OECD methodology for measuring Broadband penetration is flawed, as it measures per capita instead of per household rates (so countries with larger households are penalized, since people living in the same house can just share a connection).
Now the OECD methodology for pretty much everything is flawed, but it did get me thinking, we are 21st in their measure of broadband penetration, could this be because of their inappropriately defined boundaries on what defines broadband uptake.
The answer is sadly no. Under the new measure NZ comes in 23rd, down two places. To make matters worse, Australia jumps 3 places to 13th. Damn Telecoms lack of penetration.