Faster Broadband, Reaching More

Thu, July 17, 2014 by Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative
Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative

Access to high-speed Internet has become a necessity for communities and businesses, and the latest data from the National Broadband Map shows that broadband continues to be available to more Americans than ever.

Broadband drives economic growth and innovation – including advances in health care, education, and public safety. Since its launch in 2011, the National Broadband Map has been helping businesses and consumers access broadband by detailing where and what types of high-speed Internet services are available in their communities.

Considering wireline and wireless technologies together, the slowest broadband speeds are nearly ubiquitously available, and access to very fast broadband (over 100 Mbps) has now reached two-thirds of Americans. The data, as of December 31, 2013, shows that 99 percent of Americans have access to wired and/or wireless broadband at advertised speeds of 6 Mbps downstream and 1.5 Mbps up, though this number drops to 89 percent when considering wireline broadband alone.

After a huge jump between December 2010 and December 2011, the data continues to show a steady increase – primarily attributable to an upgrade in existing cable systems – in the number of communities and businesses that now can access broadband with speeds of at least 100 Mbps. Check out the data yourself below and on the National Broadband Map website, where you can analyze data, look at differences in rural and urban availability and see the differences by technology and speed.  All historical data is also available on NTIA’s website or via API.

Combined Broadband Speeds (Wireline and Wireless): June 2010 – December 2013

Combined
Speeds
≥ 3 Mbps/
768 kbps

< 6 Mbps
≥ 6 / 1.5
< 10 Mbps
≥ 6

< 10 Mbps
≥ 10

< 25 Mbps
≥ 25

< 50 Mbps
≥ 50

< 100 Mbps
≥ 100 Mbps

< 1 Gbps
≥ 1 Gbps +

Jun-10

95.49%

n/a

90.33%

85.37%

49.79%

46.11%

10.54%

1.06%

Dec-10

97.13%

n/a

93.28%

88.77%

58.70%

50.79%

13.83%

1.94%

Jun-11

98.26%

n/a

94.12%

90.97%

63.66%

54.57%

26.84%

1.74%

Dec-11

96.65%

n/a

95.54%

93.48%

74.06%

69.44%

44.27%

2.01%

Jun-12

98.18%

n/a

96.17%

94.39%

78.51%

75.15%

47.09%

3.17%

Dec-12

98.75%

96.20%

97.53%

96.55%

82.88%

79.76%

52.07%

6.69%

Jun-13

99.03%

97.75%

98.35%

97.84%

83.22%

80.52%

57.05%

8.97%

Dec-13

99.33%

98.74%

99.01%

98.76%

85.66%

82.79%

62.55%

6.78%

 

Wireline Broadband Speeds: June 2010 – December 2013

Wireline
Speeds
≥ 3 Mbps/
768 kbps

< 6 Mbps
≥ 6 / 1.5
< 10 Mbps
≥ 6

< 10 Mbps
≥ 10

< 25 Mbps
≥ 25

< 50 Mbps
≥ 50

< 100 Mbps
≥ 100 Mbps

< 1 Gbps
≥ 1 Gbps +

10-Jun

90.25%

n/a

89.08%

84.81%

49.31%

45.90%

10.36%

n/a

10-Dec

90.25%

n/a

89.08%

84.81%

49.31%

45.90%

10.36%

n/a

11-Jun

92.47%

n/a

91.87%

89.12%

63.33%

54.26%

26.57%

1.64%

11-Dec

93.40%

n/a

92.56%

90.57%

73.63%

68.93%

43.85%

2.01%

12-Jun

93.41%

n/a

92.81%

90.91%

78.11%

74.85%

46.87%

3.17%

12-Dec

93.92%

88.93%

93.35%

91.79%

82.51%

79.47%

51.80%

6.68%

13-Jun

93.10%

89.24%

92.65%

91.26%

82.79%

80.14%

56.68%

8.89%

13-Dec

93.39%

89.23%

92.90%

91.54%

83.84%

81.99%

59.84%

6.60%

 

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