Access in Israel
#197.46?Rank out of 92 countries. Score out of 10.
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Prior to 2001, Internet access in Israel was expensive, and most domestic Internet traffic was routed through the academic networks of Israeli universities or directly between ISPs. In 2001, the laws were amended to allow broadband Internet through the cable infrastructure and competition between ISPs. These changes helped lower costs, increase speeds, and enable widespread Internet access. The percentage of households using broadband went from 4 percent in 2002 to 62 percent in 2006, and prices for broadband Internet access dropped to around 9.00 USD per month. Additionally, in 2009, Israel’s major cellular service providers began offering independent Internet access, which gave citizens a second means of access, increased Internet penetration, and began driving down Internet service costs. The growth of Israel’s ICT infrastructure can in part be attributed to its effort to cultivate a domestic tech sector capable of competing on the global stage. In 2010, The Economist ranked Israel 26th in its Digital Economy Rankings and noted that the country’s tech industry was one of the few industries to continue growing despite the global economic recession that began in 2008.