Thursday, July 7, 2011

Broadband in the US - Coming, slowly

A new study from the Columbia Institute on Tele-Information updates 2009's FCC report.  The study looks at both current levels of broadband deployment, and the plans and goals of broadband providers. Among the key findings:
  • AT&T and Verizon indicated they hope to bring high-speed wireline broadband (10Mbs or higher) to a combined 50 million US homes within two years.
  • Verizon plans to offer LTE wireless service (download speeds of 5-12 Mbs) to all of its coverage areas by 2014
  • In 2010, an estimated 70% of US homes had some form of wireline broadband (39% cable, 31% telco)
  • AT&T's U-Verse and Verizon's FiOS (combined multichannel video, broadband data, and telephone) each are available to about 35% of US homes, with another 5% to be covered by each under current deployment plans
We're getting there, slowly.

Sources: "Report: U.S. providers' broadband ambitions still unfulfilled," Connected Planet Online

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