Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband
February 24, 2017
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:
- Mediacom Communications has announced it will offer gigabit broadband service in Huntsville, Ala. The company noted, “Unlike some other gigabit broadband providers whose services are limited to selected neighborhoods and may rely on federal, state or local taxpayer subsidies, Mediacom is investing its own money to make 1 Gig Internet speeds available across its entire Huntsville area network, to every home in the neighborhoods the company serves.” Mediacom also is expanding into 17 other communities in Alabama and Tennessee.
- More competition for the subsidized-Google Fiber. According to Telecompetitor, “Angie Communications, which calls itself the world’s largest telecom startup, has ambitious gigabit plans – including bringing Angie gigabit service to several markets that Google Fiber planned to serve but later halted and to 87 other markets.” Angie Fiber will offer speeds up to 10 gigabits. Click here to find out which cities Angie is targeting.
- Southern Light, meanwhile, is going to spend an additional $10 million to expand fiber optic cable in Decatur, Ala.