10% of Americans Lack Access To Broadband Internet


Last week the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft of the 2016 Broadband Progress Report. This report summarizes the nation’s progress at broadband deployment and is of particular interest as it is the first report since the FCC redefined broadband. Under the current definition, connections must hit speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads to be considered broadband.

While the report acknowledges that our nation is making progress in broadband deployment, the deployment is not happening in a “reasonable and timely fashion to all Americans.”

Here are the key findings from the report:

  • Approximately 34 million Americans still lack access to fixed broadband
  • A persistent urban-rural digital divide has left 39 percent of the rural population without access to fixed broadband
    • By comparison, only 4 percent living in urban areas lack access
    • 10 percent lack access nationwide
  • 41 percent of Tribal Lands residents lack access
  • 41 percent of schools have not met the Commission’s short-term goal of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students/staff.
  • These schools educate 47 percent of the nation’s students,
  • Only 9 percent of schools have fiber connections capable of meeting the FCC’s long-term goal of 1 Gbps per 1,000 students
  • Internationally, the U.S. continues to lag behind a number of other developed nations, ranking 16th out of 34 countries

To view the full report, click here.