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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

November 13, 2017

Today more than 285 million Americans use the Internet and 85 percent of families have broadband or a smartphone at home. After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, it is clear that the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. Every day, private Internet Service Providers are making new investments to bring better, faster Internet service to Americans. Here are the latest examples:

  • In the last three years alone, AT&T has invested $2.8 billion to bring faster broadband speeds to Atlanta, Ga. residents.
  • AT&T also has made significant investments in the rural county of Muskingum in Ohio. According to WHIZ News, the company recently announced that it “will bring broadband Internet to nearly 37,000 across Southeast Ohio.” For many residents, this will be the first time they have access to high-speed broadband.
  • On Nov. 7, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone announced that it will begin offering broadband speeds up to one gigabit per second to almost all of the company’s customers. Right now, WOW! only offers gigabit service in select markets. Starting in 2018, the company will offer these speeds in 95 percent of its markets.
  • Two of the cities where WOW! will start offering gigabit service are in Ohio. Charleston, S.C. residents also will have access to WOW! gigabit speeds.
  • Comcast announced recently that its started gigabit service in Pittsburgh, Penn. while C Spire is launching gigabit service for businesses in Tupelo, Miss.
  • According to CNET, T-Mobile is hot on the trails of its competitors and now offers gigabit mobile broadband speeds in at least 430 markets.
  • Meanwhile, Hammer Fiber Optic Investments, Ltd. has announced it will begin offering gigabit speeds. Rahway, N.J. will be the first city that gets this service.