Category Archives: Broadband Statistics

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Report: Every ETC Registered with the FCC’s Lifeline Program

This post includes: An overview of the Lifeline program and how it works A comprehensive list of registered ETCs (Eligible Telecommunication Providers), including websites and states served. For state-by-state ETC listings including contact information for each provider, see the United Service Administrative Company “find a Lifeline provider” page. How Lifeline Works Lifeline, a government program created in 1985 to provide phone service for low-income Americans, has been coming under public scrutiny this year thanks to regulatory overhaul of the program under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. [1] The expansion of the program in early 2016 to cover home broadband Internet service for low-income customers has also been a contentious public issue, especially since reports of widespread Lifeline fraud have been making… Continue reading →

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In Spite of Lobbyist Efforts, over 500 Community Broadband Networks Across US

Telecom lobbyists have been doing their best to block municipal broadband networks. In spite of their efforts, public-owned Internet options continue to spread in towns throughout the US. The data set below, based on records from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, shows 528 communities served by public-owned broadband networks in the US. Municipal broadband expanding despite restrictive state laws Considering that more than half of US residents only have one Internet service provider (ISP) to “choose” from, municipal broadband can be a game changer for rural areas where commercial ISPs can’t or won’t provide service. While the data is encouraging for municipal broadband advocates considering the FCC’s recent defeat in Tennessee and North Carolina, full-fledged city-wide networks like Chattanooga’s “smart… Continue reading →

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Fiber Optic Internet Availability In The United States

Fiber optic internet, it is the buzzword that is on the minds of both consumers shopping for broadband and providers deploying infrastructure, but with so many providers promising to deploy fiber, we thought it worth taking a look to see where fiber currently is and isn’t available in the US. Fiber Optic Internet Map Below you’ll find a map of fiber availability in the US based on the latest data set released by the FCC/NTIA. [1] To view reported fiber coverage in your area, click on your state and zoom into your county. Fiber Coverage States With the Highest Fiber Optic Penetration Fiber Optic Internet Penetration In The US. State Fiber Coverage PopCovered # Fiber Providers Rank Alabama 12.38% 607947… Continue reading →

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After $3.3B Spent, more than 39 Million Americans Still Only Have Access to 1 Wired Broadband Provider

In 2010, the FCC reported to Congress that “broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” [1][2] Since that time, the US Government has spent over $3.3B on broadband infrastructure grants via the BTOP program managed by the NTIA. According the the NTIA website, these grants were designed to “Expand broadband access and adoption in communities across America.” [3] Yet as of the 2013 over 39 Million Americans (12.1% of the population) only have access to 0 or 1 broadband providers, leaving these consumers without a competitive market and no alternative provider to switch to if they are dissatisfied.[4] March 2015 Update: In a report published by the FCC after this article was written,… Continue reading →

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The US Ranks 16th Among Developed Nations for Broadband Penetration

According to the 2013, analysis by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) an international organization designed to stimulate world trade, the US now ranks 16th (down from 14th in 2010) for wired broadband penetration behind Korea, Canada, and New Zealand.[1] Broadband penetration across OECD countries as of 2013. Penetration is measured as subscribers per 100 inhabitants. Rank Country Penetration 1 Switzerland 43.82% 2 Netherlands 40% 3 Denmark 39.69% 4 Korea 37.05% 5 France 36.99% 6 Norway 36.59% 7 Iceland 35.12% 8 United Kingdom 34.89% 9 Germany 34.53% 10 Belgium 33.99% 11 Canada 32.84% 12 Luxembourg 32.65% 13 Sweden 32.33% 14 Finland 30.46% 15 New Zealand 29.45% 16 United States 29.27% 17 Japan 27.83% 18 Austria 25.64% 19 Australia… Continue reading →