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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

May 16, 2017

After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. That’s why more and more Americans are able to use innovative entertainment devices, among other technologies, in their homes. Private sector providers continue to invest billions to bring better, faster Internet service to Americans. Here are the latest examples:

  • Mediacomm Communications has announced that it “has launched 1 Gig Internet speeds within its extensive Georgia service territory. As a result, 275,000 households in more than 50 southwest Georgia communities passed by Mediacom’s fiber-rich digital network will be able to enjoy download speeds that are up to 40 times faster than the minimum broadband definition set by the Federal Communications Commission.”
  • FairPoint is bringing broadband to more than 25 rural towns in Vermont. FairPoint also announced recently that it has upgraded service in 13 New Hampshire towns and in several locations in Aroostook County, Maine.
  • Frontier is making broadband available to an additional 8,500 households in Arizona and New Mexico and an additional 8,000 households in Minnesota.
  • AT&T has launched fiber service in eight new locations: Dayton, Ohio; Macon, Ga.; Madison, Wis.; Monterey-Salinas, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; South Bend, Ind.; Springfield, Mo.; and western Michigan.
  • According to The Washington Post, Verizon has launched $70 a month gigabit service in eight new locations, including parts of New York and New Jersey, Philadelphia, Penn.; Richmond, Va.; Hampton Roads, Va.; Boston, Mass.; Providence, R.I.; and Washington, D.C.
  • Atlantic Broadband has launched a “powerful new home and small business WiFi services” that “will utilize cutting-edge technologies to deliver the best possible WiFi coverage, the fastest possible speeds, and dramatically improved wireless video streaming capability.”