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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband 1/20/17

January 20, 2017

Advancing BroadbandAs the Coalition for the New Economy has reported, broadband speeds in the United States continue to quicken. After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, 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:

  • Jeff Kagan at RCR Wireless News writes, “Three of the top four wireless carriers – AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US – have promised gigabit wireless speeds will begin this year. That’s incredible.”
  • According to the Des Moines Register, New York-based Mediacom will bring gigabit download speeds to 309 communities in Iowa. The newspaper reported, “In total, more than 1 million of Iowa’s 1.35 million households can access Mediacom’s cable and internet services” and that Mediacom has “recently invested $1 billion to ready for the gigabit rollout.”
  • Richmond, Va., along with Philadelphia, Penn. and parts of New Jersey, are about to get faster speeds from Verizon.
  • The Green Bay Packers aren’t going to the Super Bowl, but Windstream is going to offer gigabit Internet service at their home field.
  • According to Multichannel News, “Charter Communications has launched a standalone, low-cost broadband service for qualified seniors and families that costs $14.99 per month. The uncapped, contract-free offering, called Spectrum Internet Assist, delivers 30 Mbps downstream by 4 Mbps upstream, speeds that exceed the FCC’s current definition of wireline “broadband”  — 25 Mbps down by 3 Mbps up.”
  • Wow! Internet, Cable and Phone is doubling speeds in Livonia, Mich.