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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

August 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. That’s why more and more Americans are able to use innovative entertainment devices, among other technologies, in their homes. Private sector providers continue to invest billions to bring better, faster Internet service to Americans. Here are the latest examples:  

  • In a press release, Big Sandy Broadband announced that “faster broadband speeds are coming to Eastern Kentucky because of private investment” made by the company. Recent improvements and network upgrades mean consumers in Johnson and Floyd County, Ky. will have access to speeds up to 200 mbps.
  • Mediacomm recently launched gigabit broadband service in Eastern Iowa.
  • MaxxSouth, meanwhile, has completed its gigabit system that will serve Oxford and Starkville, Miss. The company also announced that the towns of Bruce, Calhoun City, Derma, Houston and Vardaman now have access to the 1 Gigabit internet broadband service, as part of MaxxSouth’s network enhancements.
  • According to the Post & Courier, “AT&T is planning to use cell towers across South Carolina to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas where internet access is slow to nonexistent.” Approximately 12,000 homes and businesses in “sparsely populated” areas of the state will have access to this service by the end of 2017. AT&T is also building new infrastructure in Mississippi in order to reach 133,000 locations in 15 counties by 2020.
  • Additionally, AT&T and NetComm Wireless recently announced a new partnership to improve fixed-wireless broadband access in rural America. The project will involved 18 states, including Louisiana, Georgia, and Alabama.
  • TDS Telecom is building infrastructure in rural Central Pennsylvania that will guarantee broadband to an additional 1,500 locations.
  • TDS Telecom also is expanding service to 650 locations in rural Central Vermont.
  • Frontier Communications is enhancing its broadband capabilities in Connecticut.