F.C.C. Issues Snapshot of U.S. Internet Service

Posted in: Miscellaneous at 27/06/2014 17:29

The number of homes in the United States that subscribe to Internet service has grown at a 15 percent annual rate over the last decade, to 85 million. But as much as 30 percent of households do not have a connection faster than dial-up speed, according to government figures released this week.

In its semiannual report on Internet Access Services, the Federal Communications Commission found that as of June 30, 2013, roughly 70 percent of households had fixed Internet connections of at least 0.2 megabits per second, a rather slow speed but generally faster than dial-up. Most people with Internet connections have even faster speeds, however. About 54 percent of all households can download data or video at a rate of three megabits per second or better. The F.C.C. defines broadband, or high-speed Internet service, as having a minimum download speed of four megabits per second.

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