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The Cable Industry Makes a Strong Economic Impact
Across the U.S.

If there is one trademark of the American cable industry, it’s that you can find employees in nearly every community, with at least 300 in every congressional district. An industry that was born in rural America continues to build powerful broadband networks in nearly every corner of our country. At the same time, it continues to produce the award-winning TV programming that is attracting the best creators and brightest stars, transforming living rooms into home theaters. It’s a diverse workforce of all skill levels and backgrounds.

In a highly competitive marketplace, the industry's story is one of growth, creativity and innovation. Its expansion continues to have a significant positive impact not only on the national economy and workforce, but also on the millions of consumers and businesses that utilize its innovative services and features. Billions of dollars annually are being invested to improve the speed and capacity of networks. And, billions more are creating the celebrated shows and TV Everywhere services so viewers can enjoy their favorite entertainment anytime and anywhere.

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A Study of the Cable Industry's Impact on the U.S. Economy

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Direct & Indirect Jobs


Cable Operator Employees


Total Economic Impact

$4.541 billion

Cable Operators





Powering the internet

The industry's broadband networks provide the platform for some of the world's biggest companies - Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix and more - to grow, experiment and thrive.275 billion dollars invested

Fastest broadband for all

Cable's fast and powerful internet services are available to over 100 million U.S. homes, with average peak connection speeds exceeding 50Mbps in all 50 states.93 percent homes

Taking TV to the next era

Groundbreaking programing that dominates rating and awards is the hallmark of cable's entertainment offering, and more "anywhere anytime" services are being introduced. Annual spending on programming by basic cable networks grew from $1.4 billion in 1990 to $38.2 billion in 2016. These investments have created an exponential increase in high-quality, original content.5.4 billion program views

Contributing to communities

The industry contributes to charities, non-profits and state/municipal governments nationwide. In 2016, franchise fees paid directly to local municipalities totaled over $3.5 billion. In addition, subscriber taxes and fees added $4.2 billion in revenues to state and local governments.                                     One billion total cash

From Studio to Call Center and Everywhere In Between

A Community Full of Jobs

Industry Facts

Investing in American Infrastructure
Keeping jobs here at home
Personal Income Earnings
Over 1 million jobs added to the economy in the last decade
Total industry cash and in-kind charitable donations
At least 300 industry employees in each congressional district