As a European who moved to the USA a few years ago, I don't think that's quite right. Europe varies from people who have a seemingly unshakable faith in the government to people who will not trust any government, anywhere, ever. On one side, people won't stand up to the government, because why oppose them? On the other side, people won't stand up to the government, at least not openly, until they are fairly confident they can topple it.
By comparison, in the USA, I think a lot of people believe that, anything the government does, they will mess up. Still, depending on the issue, people still look to the government to take care of things. In general, I find there is a lot more debate Statesside about what the government should and shouldn't do, and I really like that.
Where I think the differences are is in that many European governments tend to stand up for the people more, whereas governments in the USA tend to facilitate things for businesses more. For example, people in Europe care a lot about limiting companies' access to their information, politicians listen, and the laws governing what companies can do with peoples' information are fairly strict. In the USA, many companies are somewhat reluctant to do business in Europe because of the legal hurdles. For an example of the differences, see the EU directive that requires websites to notify people of cookie usage.
As for broadband Internet, I think the folks on this discussion who said it is about competition have the right of it. Competition in infrastructure is difficult. So many European countries regulate the infrastructure, and the competition happens at the service level. When done well, the companies selling the services don't also own the infrastructure, and so the service providers compete on an even playing field.
Where I live in the States, Comcast owns the television cable and sells cable Internet service, whereas AT&T owns the telephone lines and sells ADSL. There are a couple of independent ISPs struggling to roll out their own infrastructure. If you are in one of the few areas serviced by the independent ISPs, you can reportedly get great service at good prices. If not, you will have to deal with Comcast (expensive, decent speeds, customer service varies) or AT&T (no experience with them, but they are said to be expensive, slow, and horrible). Elsewhere, there may be other providers, but the story is much the same: infra is owned by the same companies selling the service, so you only get one choice per technology. And the infrastructure is expensive to build, so don't hold your breath for multiple cable providers or even just one fiber provider. This is in a wealthy, high-tech, densely populated area. In rural areas, things are likely worse.