The cable industry has long been a force for American innovation. What began over a half century ago among a few visionary pioneers is now one of the most forward thinking industries in the country, serving nearly every corner of America. Cable providers are leaders in broadband connectivity, video entertainment, and so much more. With over 300 employees in every congressional district, the cable industry can be found in every community in America. Cable providers have invested billions of dollars in infrastructure and programming over the years, keeping ahead of future demand and powering the country’s digital economy.
Innovation Over the Years
Cable is Born
Cable delivers broadcast TV channels to Oregon, Arkansas and Pennsylvania.
Cable expands to 800 cable systems across the country.
Birth of TV Networks
Debut of first national cable TV networks: HBO, C-SPAN, ESPN, Nickelodeon
Number of cable TV networks increases from 28 in 1980 to 79 in 1989.
Home Internet Arrives
Residential broadband launches with introduction of the cable modem.
Infrastructure Gets Boost
Networks upgraded to hybrid-fiber coax to provide faster internet and more services all on one wire into the home.
Introduction of VOD, HDTV, VOIP, DVRs in homes, with Wi-Fi to come soon after.
Cable begins offering mobile phone service.
Internet Gets Faster
2Gbps speeds now available to cable homes.
10G introduced. Cable will deliver speeds of 10Gbps to homes soon.
During COVID-19 pandemic, cable broadband networks saw unprecedented growth and performed well.
Powering America's Digital Future
Cable ISPs are building the world’s most innovative technology platform. Since 1948, cable providers have invested in American infrastructure and our fiber-rich networks have made residential high-speed internet access a reality across the United States. The cable industry offers broadband service to meet every need, from super-fast gigabit speed offerings to $9.95 per month plans for low-income households.
Committed to closing the digital divide
Cable broadband providers have connected over 14 million low-income individuals through broadband adoption programs and are committed to closing the digital divide. Cable providers offer a variety of digital literacy education options in addition to low-cost programs that help families overcome barriers they may face.