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FCC releases decade of data on high-speed internet access

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its most recent report on access in the United States to high-speed Internet connections.

According to the Commission, the total number of high-speed connections (which are defined as connections that deliver services at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction) have increased at an average rate of 42% per year over the past decade, from 2 million connections in 1999 to 81 million connections at the end of 2009.  During the same period, household adoption of high-speed Internet connections have increased from 3 connections per 100 households to 60 connections per 100 households.

Equally important as the increased penetration of high-speed Internet connections is the average downstream and upstream speeds reported.  At the end of 2009, 30% of all connections provided download speeds of 6 mbps or greater, with an additional 12% of all connections providing download speeds of between 3 and 6 mpbs.  But 58% of all connections still provide download speeds of less than 3 mpbs.  And nearly half (49%) of all connections provide upstream speeds of less than 768 kbps.

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In its report, the FCC notes that it has now been collecting, compiling and publishing data on the adoption of high-speed Internet connections for a full decade.

 

Read the complete text of the Commission’s report on high-speed Internet access.

 

 

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