America's Internet Leadership

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 the Web Index, a project of World Wide Web Foundation established by Internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the U.S. leads the world in how the Internet has an impact on the national economy. And when measuring the actual network speeds that are offered around the world, the U.S. is home to many of the fastest broadband regions found anywhere.

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. 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.

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 also 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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For nearly 20 years, cable has been building Internet networks that are empowering everyone from innovators and entrepreneurs to kids in the garage. The Internet propels business, education, entertainment, and so much more. It’s a platform of possibilities and the fast growing technology in history. Cable is proud of the part we’ve played in advancing America’s future. Watch the video to learn more.

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CABLE IS AMERICA’S BROADBAND LEADER

The history of broadband in America reflects rapid expansion, ongoing investment and efforts to facilitate its growth. Cable’s private sector has invested more than $245 billion in infrastructure since 1996. Notably, 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. Faster speeds are driving the creation of services and apps that are opening up new opportunities. The average rate of all broadband connections is nearly 30 Mbps, nearly double the global average.

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        1999-2015

THE IMPRESSIVE RATE OF BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND ADOPTION IN AMERICA

  • 1990
    90

    Average Internet speed 56 kbps

    Trials of cable modem tech conducted in PA, MA, and CA

  • 1994
    94

    Oct

    Netscape browser released – the Internet immediately became vastly more accessible

  • 1996
    96

    Telecom Act of 1996

    Residential broadband services introduced to American consumers by TWC (OH) and TCI (CA)

  • 1997
    97

    18% of U.S. Households have dial-up service, 0.1% have broadband

  • 1999
    99

    1 million customers subscribe to cable broadband

  • 2001
    01

    Sept

    Over 50% of U.S. Households are online, 41.2% have dial-up, 9.1% have broadband

  • 2002
    02

    Internet adoption at 63% of American adults

  • 2005
    05

    68% of Americans have Internet service

  • 2007
    07

    Netflix introduced Internet streaming service

    50% of U.S. Households have broadband service

  • 2008
    08

    Comcast launches DOCSIS 3.0 service in serveral markets offering a 50 Mbps speed tier

  • 2009
    09

    Internet adoption at 79% of all American adults

  • 2011
    11

    Several cable broadband providers introduce 100+ Mbps tiers. Cable invests $13 billion in infrastructure.

  • 2012
    12

    Comcast introduces 305 Mbps.

    72% of US households have broadband, 50M customers subscribe to cable broadband.

  • 2013
    13

    Cable broadband speeds top 505 mbs

  • 2014
    14

    Cable has invested $230 billion in networks and infrastructure since 1996.

  • 2015
    15

    2015: Cable broadband speeds reach 2 Gbps

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