The Northampton, Mass.-based media-reform lobby group FreePress.net highlighted on Monday (April 23) the findings of a new Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation study which asserts the United States has falled from 12 to 15 among 30 industrialized nations in the per-capital use of broadband Internet access. That's a decline of three positions in six months and dropping from fourth place in 2001. "We are failing to bring the benefits of broadband to all our citizens, and the consequences will resonate for generations," said Ben Scott, policy of director of Free Press. "There is no justification for America's declining status as a global Internet leader. Instead of more excuses, it's time for true national broadband policy that will put America's digital future back on track." According to the OECD report, the United States ranks 20th out of 30 nations in the growth rate of broadband penetration over the past year.