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How The Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

August 26, 2015

CNE_advancingbroadband_blog_graphic_250px-wideAs 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 $1.4 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:

  • Comcast has launched two pilot programs in the United States to offer low-cost broadband access to senior citizens.
  • Good news for Joplin, Miss.: According to the Joplin Globe, “A merger between AT&T and DirecTV means the expansion of high-speed Internet options for the Joplin market and expansion of broadband services to rural areas.”
  • Frontier Communications has plans to expand broadband service to 750,000 unserved households in California, Florida and Texas over the next few years.
  • According to Com, Adtran “has already powered gigabit service in more than 200 communities” and senior product marketing executive Kurt Raaflaub said the company has “ramped up its gigabit rollout plans because of faster-than-expected deployments in the service provider’s initial gigabit cities.”
  • Rich Nelson from Broadcom Corporation reported on the expansion of gigabit service at Multichannel news recently. Nelson noted, “AT&T, Comcast, Cox Communications and Liberty Global have each pledged Gigabit coax rollouts within the coming year. And Comcast has gone so far as to offer speeds of 2 Gbps in certain areas.”