Issue Overview

America's Internet Leadership

A world-changing product of American ingenuity, the Internet is a transformational technology that has revolutionized education, commerce, and communications. Broadband Internet networks, bolstered by infrastructure investments from cable, offer ultrafast connections that provide instantaneous access to a wealth of information and robust online services.  Indeed, private companies have invested $1.4 trillion to build and maintain broadband networks since the mid-1990’s and the rate of investment shows no sign of slowing. 

By any objective measure, the U.S. is a global leader in availability, affordability and quality of the fiber-rich broadband networks that are available in nearly every community. According to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the World Wide Web and the World Wide Web Foundation, the U.S. ranks second, just behind Sweden, in its progress and use of the Web.  North America has the highest Internet availability of any region in the world and leads in global adoption of 4G LTE wireless mobile broadband.

Americans enjoy robust competition between wired and wireless providers and entry-level pricing for American broadband is second lowest in the world.  The U.S. has long been a leader in the total number of Wi-Fi hotspots which have become an important part of extending the broadband experience well beyond the home.

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Standard cable broadband speeds have increased 2450% since 1999.

The Rise of Broadband Speeds [Click to Enlarge]

Broadband Speeds Chart



Number of cable-provided wi-fi hotspots nationwide as of December 2014.