Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband – December 19, 2016
December 19, 2016
As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported, broadband speeds in the United States continue to quicken. 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 and that’s why more and more Americans are able to use innovative entertainment devices in their homes. Private sector providers continue to invest billions to bring better, faster Internet service to Americans. Here are the latest examples:
- According to Politic365, “Despite recent news that Google Fiber would be rolling-back it’s expansion of ultra-fast Internet, new and traditional providers of Internet service are readily picking up the paces on bringing their high-speed broadband offerings to market.” That includes Altice USA, which recently announced that it “will offer broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps (gigabits per second) to residential addresses located within its service territory.” Charter Communications is also looking into how it can provide 10 Gbps service.
- FairPoint Communications has completed a broadband expansion and upgrades in 50 towns in Vermont. FairPoint also has expanded and upgraded service in New Hampshire.
- Comcast announced will begin offering “residential gigabit internet service to customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington in early 2017.” (Comcast also recently announced it would improve speeds in the Twin Cities, Minn.) AT&T, meanwhile, is expanding its gigabit service to Greensboro, N.C., Baton Rouge, La., Birmingham, Ala., Charleston, S.C., Reno, Nev., Greenville, S.C., Little Rock, Ark., and Sacramento, Calif.
- Comcast also recently announced that it will “expand its high-speed internet adoption program for low-income Americans to Boston” and that it will contribute a “$100,000 grant to the city’s Tech Goes Home, which provides tools, training and access to programs aimed a developing people’s technological skills.”
- Sprint has announced that it will provide free wireless service to 4,200 students in Illinois. Click here and here to read more about Sprint’s efforts and its plan to expand its efforts to reduce the digital divide.
- Charter Communications will now offer low-cost service to seniors and families in Missouri.