FCC says US still behind in broadband Internet access

The United States is still behind other countries in the world in terms of bringing broadband Internet access to its citizens. That's the results of a new study announced on Friday by the Federal Communications Commission. The study says that the US is 12th out of 33 countries that have households with broadband connections. It's also ninth out of 29 countries for mobile broadband adoption.

The reports claims that 26 million US citizens still do not have access to broadband Internet services, mostly in rural areas. However more interesting is the fact that a third of US citizens still don't subscribe to broadband Internet services even though such access might be available to them. The FCC states, "This suggests that barriers to adoption such as cost, low digital literacy, and concerns about privacy remain too high." There's also a limited amount of broadband access in schools and libraries in the country, according to the report. The FCC says this situation is a "further indicator that broadband is not being reasonably and timely deployed and is not available to all Americans."

There is good news on this front, however. The FCC report states, "Despite the difficult economy, the private sector continues to invest tens of billions of dollars in broadband infrastructure each year - $65 billion in capital expenditures in 2010 alone - expanding capacity, increasing speeds on fixed networks and rolling out next-generation mobile services like 4G." Having more and better broadband access can help generate more jobs, according to the report. The FCC states that over 200,000 jobs can be created "through investment in 4G wireless technologies alone"

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the FCC needs to do something about Comcast tiered internet and monopolistic ways, and also AT&T in regards to bandwidth capping. broadband internet needs to be affordable and not limited for it to be attractive enough for everyone to get it. the previous generation doesnt really have much use from the internet because it seems to be mostly our generation that uses it.

netsendjoe said,
the FCC needs to do something about Comcast tiered internet and monopolistic ways, and also AT&T in regards to bandwidth capping. broadband internet needs to be affordable and not limited for it to be attractive enough for everyone to get it. the previous generation doesnt really have much use from the internet because it seems to be mostly our generation that uses it.

As long as the republicans work to give Corporate America everything it wants (Deregulation, etc) you are wasting your time.

^ totally agree with you, US should be compared to size of china or Russia and not with the likes of Korea or Iceland. Seriously Iceland! Wyoming has more population than than what they have.

Neo003 said,
^ totally agree with you, US should be compared to size of china or Russia and not with the likes of Korea or Iceland. Seriously Iceland! Wyoming has more population than than what they have.

Per capita........

Gee, you mean the highly educated idiots at the FCC can't figure this one out?
Hummmmm, USA, 1/2 of an ENTIRE CONTINENT, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, h*ll, they would
all fit inside Texas. In some places of Montana, the Dakota's, Texas....there might be MILES
between your nearest neighbor. How are you going to explain to stockholders, the justification
of laying miles of copper, fiber or other lines, just so one guy 10 miles from the nearest major
road, can get internet access.
Not to worry though, our stupid politicians will make this another "entitlement", which we the taxpayers will have to fork over the money (which we don't have anyway) for.

naap51stang said,
Gee, you mean the highly educated idiots at the FCC can't figure this one out?
Hummmmm, USA, 1/2 of an ENTIRE CONTINENT, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, h*ll, they would
all fit inside Texas. In some places of Montana, the Dakota's, Texas....there might be MILES
between your nearest neighbor.

+1 Was just about to add something similar.

naap51stang said,
Gee, you mean the highly educated idiots at the FCC can't figure this one out?
Hummmmm, USA, 1/2 of an ENTIRE CONTINENT, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, h*ll, they would
all fit inside Texas. In some places of Montana, the Dakota's, Texas....there might be MILES
between your nearest neighbor. How are you going to explain to stockholders, the justification
of laying miles of copper, fiber or other lines, just so one guy 10 miles from the nearest major
road, can get internet access.
Not to worry though, our stupid politicians will make this another "entitlement", which we the taxpayers will have to fork over the money (which we don't have anyway) for.

Ever heard of "per capita"? That's how things are measured when there's is a difference in population. BTW, Canada is the second largest nation in the world while the USA is 4th. Japan has around half of America's population as well for a land area so small.

You obviously never heard of Wifi either.

Also, America is being taxed the least in recent history of most other Industrialized nations.

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

P.S.
I almost forgot. There are three nations in North America; Canada, The USA, AND Mexico. You are NOT 1/2 the continent. Maybe 1/2 wit, though.

Interesting. I wonder if this FCC only concentrated on land based broadband or if they considered tethering/mobile broadband options? I know some folks who decide not to have home internet because they use their phones as access points, have broadband usb or built in to their laptop or they phone tether....

I also know of a number of folks who feel too conected and have abandoned home internet altogether since they felt they were constantly checking FaceBook, sites, email etc.....

Auzeras said,
If the US is bad.. then whats NZ

New Zealand and Australia are just behind US in broadband adoption, but the statistics are using older data (2008) for them and newer data for US.
However, New Zealand and Australia have two times faster download and upload speeds than US, on average.
NZ & Australia: 8Mbit/s download and 1Mbit/s upload
US: 4Mbit/s download and 400Kbit/s upload.

I believe the new fibre rollout will further improve the lead that NZ & Australia have over US.

Problem is with the US is our infranstructure is horrible... many lines that most data is moved over as in copper is almost 100years old!! When highways are being redone fiber is being added at least around here to rural area's to branch from but then it goes right into that old copper. Hell I know of some places that still don't have regular phone service and running water!

i think the only factor of people not upgrading to broadband in the states is cost...
i pay around $85 for 35down 10up broadband.
Most people I know won't stop using Verizon's DSL 1.5down 128kbit up because of the cost.
I'm sure if they started offering faster speeds at lower costs, they'll end up making more money than they make now.

Quick Shot said,
i think the only factor of people not upgrading to broadband in the states is cost...
i pay around $85 for 35down 10up broadband.
Most people I know won't stop using Verizon's DSL 1.5down 128kbit up because of the cost.
I'm sure if they started offering faster speeds at lower costs, they'll end up making more money than they make now.

I get 1.5 mbit dn and 256k up (actually just 1 mbit up) and poor service for 45$ a month. It's terrible, since they have a monopoly in my area and won't offer anything higher.

Half the time I can't even stream a HD movie from Netflix with 24/5 service from Comcrap. I would agree with this article.

notta said,
Half the time I can't even stream a HD movie from Netflix with 24/5 service from Comcrap. I would agree with this article.

What device are you using? Are you wireless? I have zero problems with Netflix or Hulu on all of my devices

NoLiMiT06 said,

What device are you using? Are you wireless? I have zero problems with Netflix or Hulu on all of my devices

I stream Netflix through my XBOX which is connected to a gigabit switch on my home network. It's not only Netflix. What's really bad is Youtube. I always watch Youtube vids at the highest available resolution. I would say 95% of the time I can't watch a movie without having to pause it because of the constant buffering. That is the most annoying part. What the hell am I paying for?

notta said,

I stream Netflix through my XBOX which is connected to a gigabit switch on my home network. It's not only Netflix. What's really bad is Youtube. I always watch Youtube vids at the highest available resolution. I would say 95% of the time I can't watch a movie without having to pause it because of the constant buffering. That is the most annoying part. What the hell am I paying for?

Well I am pretty certain the 360 does not have a gigabit ethernet port, the PS3 however does. Youtube is always slow no matter what for me. I have no clue why netflix would be slow for you though. Maybe try forwarding the ports for xbox live in your router to see if that helps or try a different DNS like Google (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) I have seen some improvements with my overall xbl experience when I was on AT&T DSL. Comcast could be throttling your connection too...

Edited by NoLiMiT06, May 22 2011, 2:04am :

notta said,

I stream Netflix through my XBOX which is connected to a gigabit switch on my home network. It's not only Netflix. What's really bad is Youtube. I always watch Youtube vids at the highest available resolution. I would say 95% of the time I can't watch a movie without having to pause it because of the constant buffering. That is the most annoying part. What the hell am I paying for?

Just because your internal network is running at said speed doesn't mean that's what your internet speed/quality is coming into your house.

http://speedtest.net/result/1307164905.png
You shouldnt have a single problem with your speed regarding Comcast. I would check your router/switch, directly plug your modem straight into your PC for awhile and run a few test/try netflix with that.

Well if US ISPs didn't charge a arm and a leg for 100-300Mb/s people would prob be more apt to get it. I am paying $50 for 30Mb/s down 5Mb/s up and I know its cheaper than that in some countries in Europe.....

Google wants to get fiber connections everywhere. I say go for it. I'll gladly pay Google what'll probably above and beyond the best internet available for probably the best value available.

SCRISP said,
Can America afford to give people fibre? I thought they were in enough debt as it is...

I hardly think the US government's debt has anything to do with AT$T or any other ISP.

SCRISP said,
Can America afford to give people fibre? I thought they were in enough debt as it is...

Oh the inefficiencies of the state.

Xenosion said,

I hardly think the US government's debt has anything to do with AT$T or any other ISP.

Well, most of these expansions projects are either through subsidize by the government or tax breaks given to the company. Without these government initiatives, companies will be less incline to invest. So indirectly, the debt does has some bit to do with this.

Xenosion said,

I hardly think the US government's debt has anything to do with AT$T or any other ISP.

Well, most of these expansions projects are either through subsidize by the government or tax breaks given to the company. Without these government initiatives, companies will be less incline to invest. So indirectly, the debt does has some bit to do with this.