Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband
July 2, 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. For example:
- A startup called Rocket Fiber is building infrastructure in Detroit, Mich. in order to offer gigabit broadband service to that city.
- AT&T will soon offer one gigabit broadband service in several Florida communities, including Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood and Miami. (AT&T is also rolling out gigabit service in Chicago.)
- Comcast will also launch superfast service in several Florida cities, including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville. (Comcast is also rolling out this service to 1.5 million homes in Michigan and in Minnesota.)
- Vivint, a “significant player in the connected home and residential solar panel markets,” has said its ready to offer 100 megabit per second Internet speeds to suburban homes across the United States. Vivint already serves Provo, Utah and El Paso, Texas.
- Elon Musk and SpaceX are ready to invest $10 billion to launch a project that would use “4,000 geosynchronous satellites to blanket the Earth in internet signals.” Musk promises the project would “ultimately bringing cheap, high-speed connectivity to all corners of the Earth.”
- Webpass, an 80-employee company, now provides superfast Internet service in five metropolitan areas, including San Francisco and Boston. According to ArsTechnica, “Webpass buildings have radios capable of delivering up to 2Gbps both upstream and downstream” and “for residential service, Webpass advertises either 100, 200, or 500Mbps to each unit, depending on where the building fits in the network.” Additionally, “The price is always $55 per month regardless of the speed. Residents can get a $160 discount by buying a full year of service for $500.”