NCTA — The Internet & Television Association
Building Broadband's Future

Connecting Every American

Today, an internet connection is essential for school assignments, communicating with friends and family, finding a job, and working from home. While broadband service is now available to most Americans, an estimated 13.4 million people don't have access primarily in remote and rural areas. From supporting the surge in traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic to building the 10G network of the future, the cable industry has a plan for keeping America connected.

Keeping Everyone Connected

With so many new challenges, we’re stepping up our efforts to provide connectivity to all.

Solutions to Get Broadband to All

Ensuring that all Americans have access to broadband networks is an important goal for our nation. However, to best achieve this goal, targeted measures should be implemented to build in areas where broadband doesn't exist, and to modernize a safety net to help low-income families adopt and afford internet service.  

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Reach Rural Areas

Dedicate all funding to communities with no broadband service or areas that won't get built without government help.

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Use Smart Technology

Allow every technology that can deliver broadband to unserved communities to compete for federal funding.

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Require Fair Competition

There are many different players positioned to own, build and operate broadband networks and they should all be given an equal opportunity to compete. 

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Future Proof Networks

Ensure networks are future proofed by establishing speed benchmarks that meet consumer needs and demand.

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Modernize Safety Net

Deliver subsidies to low-income families to help pay the monthly cost of broadband service.

Closing the Digital Divide

How We’re Expanding Access and Opportunity

The cable industry is committed to closing the digital divide by offering programs that help families overcome barriers to broadband access. Through low-cost internet service, computer equipment, and digital literacy training for low-income Americans, cable providers are expanding access and opportunity across the country.

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280M+
Americans have access to low-income broadband programs
14M+
people connected through low-cost broadband adoption programs
85%
U.S. homes where cable ISPs offer low-cost programs
$650M
Invested in digital literacy since 2011

Connecting Rural Communities

Cable broadband providers are committed to being part of the solution, building out high-speed networks to all corners of the country. We want to ensure that all Americans—whether they live in rural communities or large cities—have access to our nation’s opportunity infrastructure.

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Internet speeds now available in rural regions
13.4M
Number of rural Americans without access to high-speed broadband
55%
Rural homes served by cable high-speed internet

Future-Proofing the Network

10G Will Support Whatever Comes Next

The cable industry is building the broadband network of the future. 10G will power the coming innovations of the data-driven Fourth Industrial Revolution by delivering internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second, with the power and capacity to support whatever comes next.

Fiber-rich technologies will enable the infrastructure to manage exponential increases in the number of devices. Constant monitoring and self-healing technology will detect network  issues and resolve them before they become disruptive. And an advanced network management system will be able to identify and isolate security threats instantly.

Simply put, we’re already hard at work building a faster, safer, more reliable network to power America’s digital future.

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Performance Amid a Pandemic

Our mission has always been to keep America connected, and when the COVID-19 pandemic forced all work, school, and even social gatherings online, our network was ready. America’s broadband networks supported the massive surge in traffic, and kept our economy moving. As demand remains high, network providers work around the clock to ensure that homes and businesses across America stay connected.