Broadband Providers Invested $86B in Communications Infrastructure. Investment Soars to Highest Level in Twenty Years. America’s broadband industry investment reached a twenty-year high in 2021, driving $86 billion in capital expenditures into the nation’s communications infrastructure. The improvements are making U.S. broadband networks faster and more widely available.
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The third installment of the USTelecom Broadband Pricing Index (BPI) reveals continued substantial price reductions for both the most popular and highest-speed broadband internet services. The findings are particularly striking given the overall price inflation that has occurred in the U.S. marketplace over the past year.
- Broadband pricing ran counter to significant overall inflation in the past year
- Historical broadband pricing analysis shows real broadband prices have been cut in half from seven years ago
- The consumer value of broadband service has never been higher
2022 Broadband Pricing Index
Blueprint to Finally and Fully Connect U.S.
USTelecom’s memo to the Biden Administration, NTIA, FCC, Congress, Tribal leaders and state broadband offices shares concrete recommendations to make the most of the $65 billion broadband investment included in the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA).
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Investment drives completion. American consumers have access to some of the world’s most robust and resilient broadband connections.
92% of Americans have access to 100 Mbps speeds—up from only 10% a decade ago
87% of Americans have access to Gigabit speeds today—this technology simply was not even available a decade ago
Competition Issue Brief
USTelecom’s US vs EU Broadband Trends (2012-2020) features updated research showing the United States continues to lead the European Union (EU) in broadband deployment and adoption, while also outpacing Europe on broadband investment and competition. The report debunks the persistent myth that the EU’s more intensive regulatory framework for broadband has yielded a superior online experience for consumers and ought to be replicated in the United States.
- US deployment advantage: + 11 percentage points ≥30 Mbps; + 25 ≥ 100 Mbps
- US extends its lead in consumer broadband adoption – with greatest edge ≥ 100 Mbps
- US consumers benefit from two times more facilities-based competition than EU consumers
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