3. United States
The survey finds the U.S. as having a mixed bag of pros and cons with respect to cloud computing. On the positive side of the ledger, the U.S. has extensive laws governing e-commerce, electronic signatures and cybercrime, while at the same time taking a leadership position in the investigation of cybercrime. On the other hand, laws protecting intellectual property are described as "mixed," given the fact that courts have occasionally disagreed on the definition of an online copyright breach. Broadband buildout is inconsistent, given the sheer geographical size of the country. Year-over-year, the U.S. swapped places with Germany and is now in the third position.