FCC Finds Broadband Progress

FCC Broadband Report finds significant progress in broadband deployment, but important gaps remain

August 21, 2012

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation has made significant progress expanding high-speed Internet access in recent years, but further implementation of major reforms newly adopted by the Federal Communications Commission is required before broadband will be available to the approximately 19 million Americans who still lack access, according to the FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report, available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-12-90A1.pdf.

In an era when broadband is essential to innovation, jobs, and global competitiveness, the Report concludes that the FCC – and the nation – must continue to address obstacles impeding universal broadband deployment and availability.

Congress in Section 706 the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires the FCC to report annually on whether broadband “is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The Report chronicles major strides taken by providers and policymakers to accelerate deployment, including:

  • Billions invested by the communications industry in broadband deployment, including next-generation wired and wireless services

  • Expansion of networks technically capable of 100 megabit-plus speeds to over 80 percent of the population through cable’s DOCSIS 3.0 rollout

  • World-leading LTE deployment by mobile operators

  • Sweeping reforms by the FCC to its universal service programs, including the new Connect America Fund for broadband deployment, Mobility Fund, and the Lifeline program for low-income Americans

  • Action under the FCC’s Broadband Acceleration Initiative to reduce the cost and time required for deployment

  • Numerous steps to expand availability of wireless spectrum for broadband

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