High-speed connections
April 6th, 2006

The FCC has released data which says “high-speed connections to the Internet Increased from 37.9 Million to 42.9 Million lines in the first half of 2005.”For reporting purposes,high-speed lines are connections that deliver services at speeds exceeding 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in at least one direction,while advanced services lines are connections that deliver services at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in both directions.The June 30,2005 data provide more information about the ‘speeds’ of advanced services lines and finer distinctions among technologies than previously reported.They also enable, for the first time in this data collection,estimation of the extent to which high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connections are available to households residing in the areas served by incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and the extent to which high-speed cable modem service is available to households residing in the areas served by cable TV systems.As a nationwide average,we estimate that high-speed DSL connections were available to 76% of the households to whom ILECs could provide local telephone service as of June 30, 2005, and that high-speed cable modem service was available to 91% of the households to whom cable system operators could provide cable TV service.Providers list the Zip Codes in which they have at least one high-speed connection in service to an end user, and 98% of Zip Codes were on the list of at least one provider.Our analysis indicates that more than 99% of the nation’s population lives in those Zip Codes.The most widely reported technologies by this measure were satellite (with at least some presence reported in 86% of Zip Codes), ADSL (in 78% of Zip Codes), and cable modem (in 62% of Zip Codes).ADSL and/or cable modem connections were reported to be present in 85% of Zip Codes”.


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