Issue Overview

Supporting An Open Internet

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer millions of American consumers a powerful, open experience so they can enjoy the web content, services and applications of their choosing. The broadband industry has embraced – and fostered the development of – an open Internet because consumers demand it and it makes good business sense to provide customers full value for their Internet connections.

As a result of the U.S. bipartisan policy of lightly regulating the Internet, private broadband providers have invested more than $1.2 trillion to build and maintain broadband networks since the 1990’s. Today, wired or wireless broadband reaches 99 percent of Americans and we have some of the most advanced networks in the world with connections capable of 100 Mbps and faster available to 85 percent of U.S. homes.

America is home to the world’s top web companies and exciting startups are born every day. Keeping America’s broadband momentum moving forward requires a continued light regulatory touch.

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Our Position

Assessment

FACT
105

million: Number of American homes with access to ultra-fast networks that offer speeds of 50 to 100 Mbps or faster

FACT
$210

billion: Investment by cable industry in the expansion of the US’s extensive fiber-rich national broadband network