U.S. infrastructure hasn’t been able to keep up with the country's demand to connect, according to a new report surveying the past decade and future 10 years by BroadbandNow.
Despite promising gains in metrics like wired broadband connectivity and high-speed coverage, the report highlights the extent to which the digital divide is marring American enterprise.
U.S. gains in cyber-infrastructure pale in comparison to China’s state-led efforts to implement fiber, the most advanced commercial form of internet connection. The BroadbandNow report says that only 25 percent of Americans have access to fiber, versus 87 percent for China’s 1.4 billion population.
A significant portion of the report was also dedicated to outlining the next ten years of broadband development, including the biggest challenges, political factors, and looming technologies that might upset the game.
The report also highlights the digital divide as a huge thorn in the side of progress. The large number of rural Americans without access to the internet penalizes rural residents in areas as basic as homework completion, job training, and healthcare access.
By BroadbandNow’s estimates, under the current rate of growth, it will take American until the year 2030 to have 100 percent connectivity.
The report highlights the role of broadband as a public issue, with Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, among others, highlighting broadband infrastructure proposals.
Finally, the report highlights the potential disruption Low Earth Orbit satellite technology could have on the status. An early launch of these LEOs could fill the gaps left by current broadband methods or even potentially uproot the ISP’s usual suspects, according to the report.
In an interview with the managing director of BroadbandNow, John Busby discussed the data used by BroadbandNow in assembling the report. Although Form 477 data is among those datasets relied upon by BroadbandNow, the company supplements it with data directly from providers and users.
Infographic from Broadband Now:
- Lack of Symmetrical Networks May be Choking Internet Performance, Say Fiber Advocates on Webinar
- Coronavirus Roundup: NCTA on Rural Fund, New York Times on Big Tech, New Rural Broadband Bill
- Broadband Breakfast Live Online on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – Infrastructure Investment in a Time of COVID19
- Coronavirus Roundup: Senators Question Google on Privacy, UTOPIA CEO on Fiber’s Inevitability, NCTA’s COVID19 Dashboard
- Syracuse, N.Y., and Other Cities Discuss Process of Coexistence With ‘Small Cell’ Wireless Technology in Rights-of-Way
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
Education4 days ago
Online Elementary Education is No Spring Break for Parents Teaching from Home
Health4 days ago
Coronavirus May Have Changed Everything, But Not the Human Capacity For Good
Net Neutrality1 month ago
FCC Seeks Comment on Net Neutrality Issues Remanded by Appeals Court: Public Safety, Pole Attachments and Lifeline
Health3 weeks ago
Broadband Breakfast Live Online Will Stream Daily in March on ‘Broadband and the Coronavirus’
Health1 month ago
Battling Coronavirus COVID-19, Broadband Could Provide Relief Although Telemedicine May Not Help
Broadband Mapping3 weeks ago
Commerce Department’s NTIA Details Its New-Found Progress in Broadband Mapping Technology
Antitrust2 weeks ago
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Brings Global Antitrust Experts Together in Videoconference
Broadband Roundup4 weeks ago
Coronavirus Roundup: Broadband Providers Take the Pledge, T-Mobile Spectrum, Rural Health Care Funding