Average Internet speed 56 kbps
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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THE IMPRESSIVE RATE OF BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AND ADOPTION IN AMERICA
Netscape browser released – the Internet immediately became vastly more accessible
Telecom Act of 1996
Residential broadband services introduced to American consumers by TWC (OH) and TCI (CA)
18% of U.S. Households have dial-up service, 0.1% have broadband
1 million customers subscribe to cable broadband
Over 50% of U.S. Households are online, 41.2% have dial-up, 9.1% have broadband
Internet adoption at 63% of American adults
68% of Americans have Internet service
Netflix introduced Internet streaming service
50% of U.S. Households have broadband service
Comcast launches DOCSIS 3.0 service in several markets offering a 50 Mbps speed tier
Internet adoption at 79% of all American adults
Several cable broadband providers introduce 100+ Mbps tiers. Cable invests $13 billion in infrastructure.
Comcast introduces 305 Mbps.
72% of US households have broadband, 50M customers subscribe to cable broadband.
Cable broadband speeds top 505 mbs
Cable has invested $230 billion in networks and infrastructure since 1996.
2015: Cable broadband speeds reach 2 Gbps
THE NEED FOR SPEED
number of cable-provided Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide
U.S. states account for 10 of the top 20 regions with the fastest Internet in the world
cable Internet speeds reached 2Gbps