- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Lawrence J. Spiwak’s Op-Ed column “OECD research faulty” (Opinion, Sunday) provides incorrect information about the data that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) collects and the methodologies it employs. The strength of the OECD’s pricing methodologies comes from how they are developed and regularly reviewed in collaboration with member governments and telecommunications companies. The Federal Communications Commission and AT&T; attend periodic OECD meetings to review the structure and composition of the OECD price baskets and provide detailed data to support their composition.

The column suggests that the OECD’s broadband statistics do not take into account household size. This is incorrect. The OECD has published survey data on broadband penetration in households alongside our better-known subscriber data for nearly a decade.

JILL SCHUKER

Head of the Washington Center

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Washington

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