Private Sector Continues Advancing Broadband
August 7, 2015
As the Coalition for the New Economy reported recently, broadband speeds in the United States continue to quicken and the digital divide continues to narrow. After investing more than $1.3 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. Private sector providers continue to invest billions to bring better, faster Internet service to Americans. Here are the latest examples:
- According to TechZone360.Com, a pending merger between AT&T and DirecTV “may benefit consumers in a big way.” Contributor Tara Seals said the merger would “boost the nation’s residential fiber build by more than 40%–a move that would haul the U.S. into the most-wired-country arena to keep company with the likes of South Korea—with all of the attendant economic benefits.” Read more here.
- CenturyLink announced it is “ahead of schedule” in its plan to offer gigabit Internet service to 100,000 households in Seattle, Wash.
- Cox Communications has launched gigabit Internet service in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Acadiana, La.
- Comcast will offer 2 gigabit per second download speeds in several cities in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee.
- Comcast has also doubled speeds for its $10 a month broadband package, which is available to families with students that qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch programs at their schools.