Building Broadband's Future

Posted October, 13 2022

Building Broadband's Future

Connecting Every American

Why it Matters

We know that with fast and reliable internet comes a world of opportunity, so we're working to lift up all of America, by connecting every community.

Broadband Across America

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Cable Industry Impact

Connecting All Americans


88% of U.S. homes have access to gigabit internet speeds. Source: NCTA member company data

8.7+M new households connected to the internet since 2020. Source: FCC Data

14M Consumers connected via low-cost broadband programs in the last 10 years. Source: NCTA member company data

Investing in Infrastructure


$172 billion invested in infrastructure and networks from 2011-2020, with $17 billion invested in 2020 alone. Source: S&P Global

1.7M Total miles of fiber-optic and coaxial cable within cable networks nationwide. Source: S&P Global

Economic Impact


300+ Cable employees in every congressional district. Source: Bortz Media 2.9M Jobs accounted for by cable (direct & indirect) in all areas of the country. Source: Bortz Media

Expanding Rural Broadband

The cable industry is committed to being part of the solution, building out high-speed networks to all corners of the country, ensuring everyone has access to our nation’s opportunity infrastructure. Cable operators have the knowledge and experience to use funding made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act strategically and efficiently. Let’s keep expanding rural infrastructure and make universal broadband a reality.

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Investing in Infrastructure

Billions in annual private capital investment has enabled cable operators to build and continually upgrade broadband networks that offer gigabit speeds throughout America.

$

18.5

B

Amount invested in 2021 on infrastructure and networks1

1.4

M

Homes with broadband availability added between 2019 and 2021 including 727K rural homes2

226

Mbps

Average U.S. download speed in June 20223

8.7

M+

New households connected to the internet since 20204

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Sources: (1) S&P Global; (2) FCC data; (3) Ookla; (4) NCTA analysis of S&P Global estimates


Solutions to Get Broadband to All

Ensuring that all Americans have access to broadband networks is an important goal for our nation. However, to best achieve this goal, targeted measures should be implemented to build in areas where broadband doesn't exist, and to modernize a safety net to help low-income families adopt and afford internet service.  

REACH RURAL AREAS

Dedicate funding to communities with no broadband service or areas that won't get built without government help.

USE SMART TECHNOLOGY

Allow every technology that can deliver broadband to unserved communities to compete for federal funding.

FUTURE PROOF NETWORKS

Ensure networks are future proofed by establishing speed benchmarks that meet consumer needs and demand.

REQUIRE FAIR COMPETITION

There are many different players positioned to own, build and operate broadband networks and they should all be given an equal opportunity to compete.

MODERNIZE SAFETY NET

Deliver subsidies to low-income families to help pay the monthly cost of broadband service.


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