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Up to 98 Percent of Americans Access 4G thanks to Private Investment

April 2, 2015

CNE_advancingbroadband_blog_graphic_250px-wideA fact sheet released by the White House last week announced that 98 percent of Americans now have access to 4G wireless broadband. The White House said “significant private investment” helped the Obama Administration meet its 98 percent coverage goal “nearly two years ahead of schedule.” The Coalition for the New Economy has routinely argued that the private sector is responsible for vast majority of the U.S.’s growth in broadband.

Today we highlight ongoing broadband investments by the private sector:

  • According to FierceTelecom, “A newly updated U.S. map showing comprehensive broadband availability across the country indicates that nearly 85 percent of the country has access to 25 megabits per second download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds … Those speeds are the new benchmark established by the Federal Communications Commission.”
  • Seattle, Wash. partnered with Microsoft to offer free high-speed wireless in that city.
  • Smithville Communications will offer gigabit broadband service in Bloomington, Ind.
  • Between August 2011 and March 2014, Comcast provided low-cost Internet access to more than 1.8 million low-income Americans.
  • TDS Telecom will now offer gigabit service in four Wisconsin
  • AT&T has invested more than $9.5 billion combined between 2012 and 2014 in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
  • Competition works: private providers in cities all over the U.S. are cutting prices for their gigabit service.