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Federal Communications Commission Data on Broadband in the State of New York

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By William G. Korver, Reporter,

August 7 - In its bi-annual report released in March 2008, the Federal Communications Commission stated that the state of New York has ten or more broadband providers in twenty percent of its Zip codes as of June 30, 2007.

The FCC has increased the definition of broadband from 200 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 768 Kbps, however, since the June 2007 data was collected. Consequently, some of what the FCC classified as broadband in the March 2008 report is likely no longer considered to be high-speed Internet.

According to the June 2007 FCC report, the majority of ZIP codes in New York State with high-speed lines in service had either four (13 percent), five (14 percent), six (15 percent), or ten (20 percent) broadband providers. The following is the data collected by the FCC concerning the percentage of ZIP codes on June 30, 2007 with high-speed lines in service in New York State:

Zero 0
One 0
Two 2
Three 6
Four 13
Five 14
Six 15
Seven 12
Eight 9
Nine 7
>=Ten 20

The initial set of data listed below regards the amount of high-speed providers by technology in the state of New York as of June 30, 2007. The number that appears in parenthesis concerns the amount of high-speed lines per technology in the state of New York. Both set of figures are from the FCC’s March 2008 report.

ADSL- 40 (1,178,637)
SDSL- 15 (22,270)
Traditional Wireline- 28 (26,764)
Cable Modem- 13 (3,164,178)
Fiber- 12 (*)
satellite- 1, 2 or 3 (*)
fixed wireless- 9 (507)
mobile wireless- 1,2 or 3 (*)
power line and other- 0 (0)
Total (unduplicated)- 73 (6,797,126)

Of the 6,797,126 high-speed lines in New York state, the FCC states that 4,590,879 were residential as of June 30, 2007, while 2,206,247 were business high-speed lines.

The overall amount of lines has risen from 811,386 in June 2001 to the number of 6,797,126 in June 2007, according to the FCC. Hence, in June 2007, the state of New York was only a little more than 14,000 lines short of increasing by more than 6 million high-speed Internet lines in only 6 years.

Only 77 percent of the time did residential end-user premises have access to high-speed services (xDSL availability) where state ILECs (incumbant local exchange carriers) offered local telephone service in the state of New York, according to the March 2008 report.

Nevertheless, 99 percent of residential end-user premises in the state of New York have high-speed Internet services available (cable modem) where cable systems provide cable television service.

Since June of 2001, the amount of ADSL high-speed lines has increased in the state of New York from 197,135 to 1,178,637 in June 2007.

Coaxial cable lines have also risen in New York state from 564,423 in June 2001 to 3,164,178 in June 2007.

*Editor’s Note: The FCC states that * means data has been withheld to maintain carrier confidentiality.

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