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.
CABLE IS AMERICA'S BROADBAND LEADER
Cable’s private sector investment in infrastructure of more than $230 billion since 1996 has fueled America’s rapid expansion of broadband services. Cable’s robust fiber-rich broadband networks are available to 93 percent of all American households and 85 percent of U.S. homes are passed by cable technology capable of supporting broadband speeds of 100 Mbps or higher.
THE NEED FOR SPEED
Cable broadband networks have delivered impressive speed increases over the last several years and the average rate of all broadband connections is nearly 30 Mbps, nearly double the global average. Faster speeds are driving the creation of services and apps that are opening up new opportunities. The history of broadband in America reflects rapid expansion, ongoing investment and efforts to facilitate its growth.
Number of cable-provided wi-fi hotspots nationwide as of December 2014.