High Speed

A Brookings analysis shows the large disparity in broadband Internet adoption between higher- and lower-income households. More than 75 percent of the country had a high-speed Internet subscription in 2014, but that trend doesn?t hold equally along all income levels: households earning $75,000 or more annually are twice as likely (92 percent) to have a broadband subscription as households earning under $10,000 each year (46 percent).
Data from wireless analyst Chetan Sharma shows that the U.S. wireless market is saturated with fully 81 percent of the population using a smartphone, revealing an important trend in the wireless sector: growth for wireless companies is going to come from new services, not from adding new subscribers.
The New York Times hosted an online discussion on American infrastructure priorities. Nicol Turner-Lee argued that high-speed broadband should be recognized alongside the traditional infrastructure like road and highways as vital to the people of the country.
The Intergovernmental Advisory Committee filed comments in support of the FCC?s proposal to update the Lifeline program to include broadband, agreeing that high-speed Internet is a modern communications necessity.
FairPoint Communications launches its first gigabit fiber-to-the-premise service in Portsmouth, NH, with both upload and download speeds up to 1 Gbps, seven years after FairPoint purchased the lines from Verizon.
Boston wants FiOS, but Verizon told the City Council last week that it had no intention of building out its all-fiber service to the city.
Pressure grows on Verizon as NYC Council examines Verizon?s broken promise to build-out high-speed FiOS network.
AT&T?s service with Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second just launched in parts of San Antonio and New Braunfels, TX; Orlando, FL; as well as Gary, Hammond, and Crown Point, IN
CWA and the AFL-CIO, civil rights groups, public interest and consumer organizations, education advocates and library associations all filed comments at the FCC urging the agency to modernize the low-income subsidy program to support broadband services, quality standards, and to establish a neutral third-party eligibility verifier.
The joint Reply Comments support the FCC's proposal to update the Lifeline program and offer specific recommendations to promote the affordability of broadband services for low-income families.