FCC Releases Report on Internet Access Services

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released its most recent report on access in the United States to fixed and mobile Internet connections, including information on the gap between current service levels and the benchmark Internet connection speeds recommended under the Commission’s National Broadband Plan.

According to the Commission’s report, entitled Internet Access Services: Status as of June 30, 2013, nearly 75% of fixed Internet connections to households meet or exceed the speed tier that most closely approximates the target set in the National Broadband Plan of 3 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 768 kilobits per second (kbps) upstream. This penetration rate for fixed high-speed service compares with 70% at the end of 2012, and just 49% in 2009.

At the same time, high-speed Internet access (defined at 3 Mbps downstream or greater) for subscribers of mobile wireless service continues to grow. As of June 2013, more than 51% of mobile subscribers had access to high-speed service, compared with just 38% as of December 2012.

Without accounting for speed, Internet connections overall are growing. By the end of June 2013, there were 276 million Internet connections offering access at speeds of at least 200 kpbs, a 5% increase in just 6 months. Overall growth continues to be driven by dramatic increases in mobile connections. At the end of June 2013, there were 181 million mobile Internet connections, more than double the number of connections at the end of June 2012, and representing more than half of the total number of Internet connections.

Read the complete text of the Commission’s latest report on Internet access.