NCTA — The Internet & Television Association

Connecting Every American

Building Broadband's Future

Having a high-speed internet connection at home opens up a world of opportunity. It is essential for school assignments, remote work, communicating with friends and family and so much more. While broadband service is now available to most Americans, an estimated 10 million people still don't have access, primarily in remote and rural areas. And too many families with access to the internet don’t subscribe.

The cable industry has built gigabit speed networks that reach most of America and we are working to extend access to communities that are being connected for the first time. With a focused effort on reaching the unserved, the goal of connecting all Americans is finally within reach.

Why it Matters

We know that with fast and reliable internet comes a world of opportunity, so we're working to lift up all of America, by connecting every community.

Broadband Across America

See how cable operators are bringing opportunity to every corner of America as they continue to build out high-speed networks. Click on the pins to explore the success stories.

Cable Industry Impact

Connecting All Americans

88% of U.S. homes have access to gigabit internet speeds.
Source: NCTA member company data
From 2019-2020 broadband access was added for 1.3 million homes, including 538K rural homes.
Source: FCC Data
Consumers connected via low-cost broadband programs in the last 10 years.
Source: NCTA member company data

Investing in Infrastructure

$172 billion invested in infrastructure and networks from 2011-2020, with $17 billion invested in 2020 alone.
Source: S&P Global
Total miles of fiber-optic and coaxial cable within cable networks worldwide.
Source: S&P Global

Economic Impact

Cable employees in every congressional district.
Source: Bortz Media
Jobs accounted for by cable (direct & indirect) in all areas of the country.
Source: Bortz Media

Progress by the Numbers

In recent decades, the cable industry has made great progress building critical broadband infrastructure to connect the vast majority of America. Thanks to considerable investment and hard work building out networks, prices have decreased while speeds and access have increased.

U.S. homes with access to broadband 25/3 Mbps or faster1
U.S. households subscribe to home broadband of any speed2
Cable broadband customers3
New households connected to the internet since 20204
Sources: (1) FCC; (2) MoffettNathanson; (3) S&P Global; (4) NCTA analysis of S&P Global estimates

Expanding Rural Broadband

The cable industry is committed to being part of the solution, building out high-speed networks to all corners of the country, ensuring everyone has access to our nation’s opportunity infrastructure. Cable operators have the knowledge and experience to use funding made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strategically and efficiently. Let’s keep expanding rural infrastructure and make universal broadband a reality.

rural mountain scene

Investing in Infrastructure

Billions in annual private capital investment has enabled cable operators to build and continually upgrade broadband networks that offer gigabit speeds throughout America.

Amount invested in 2020 on infrastructure and networks1
Homes with broadband availability added between 2019 and 2020 including 538K rural homes2
Invested in infrastructure and networks from 2011-20203
Total miles of fiber-optic and coaxial cable within cable networks nationwide4
man and woman working together in a server rack
Sources: (1) S&P Global; (2) FCC data; (3) S&P Global; (4) S&P Global

Closing the Digital Divide

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.

young girl using a computer to learn

Future-Proofing the Network

The cable industry is building the broadband network of the future, featuring fiber-rich technologies, constant monitoring and self-healing infrastructure, and an advanced network management system. The 10G network will deliver internet speeds up to 10 gigabits per second with the power, capacity, and security to power America's digital future.