FCC Releases Data on High-Speed Internet Access
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a report on the deployment of high-speed Internet services in the United States. A highlight of the data shows that high-speed lines connecting homes and businesses to the Internet grew by 63 percent during the second half of the year 2000, to a total of 7.1 million. The total rate of growth for 2000 was 158 percent.
The report also noted that of the total 7.1 million high-speed lines, 5.2 million were residential and small-business subscribers.
About 4.3 million of the 7.1 million high-speed lines provided services at speeds of more than 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in both directions, meeting the FCC’s definition of advanced services. This was an increase of 51 percent during the last six months of 2000. The rate of growth for the full year was 118 percent.
At the end of 2000, subscribers of high-speed Internet access were found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Subscribers were reported to reside in 75 percent of the nation’s zip codes, compared to 56 percent at the end of 1999.
High-speed asymmetric DSL (ADSL) lines in service jumped by 108 percent during the second half of 2000, to 2 million lines. The rate of growth for the full year was 435 percent.
High-speed Internet connections delivered by coaxial cable systems increased 57 percent in the second half of 2000, to a total of 3.6 million. The rate of growth for the full year was 153 percent.
The report can be downloaded from the FCC-State Link Internet site at <www.fcc.gov/ccb/stats>.
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