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America's Internet Leadership

Internet Leadership

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.

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.

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.

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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Facts: America's Internet Leadership

Facts: America's Internet Leadership

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500k
national public cable Wi-Fi hotspots
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10
FACT 500K number of cable-provided Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide FACT 10 U.S. states account for 10 of the top 20 regions with the fastest Internet in the world
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2GBPS
cable Internet speeds reached 2GBPS