FCC Reports Finds Over Half the Nation's Broadband Connections are Not Broadband

bp9801 - December 10, 2010 03:55PM in Internet

The FCC has just published findings from a recent report which are pretty interesting. In that report, the FCC found out that over half of the nation's broadband connections are not actually broadband. The report discovered that 68% of all the broadband connections in the US fall below the minimum of 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up which the FCC constitutes as being broadband. This means that the majority of the people in the US who have broadband really don't, at least by the FCC's standard. Looks like it is high time to get a national broadband plan in effect which gets everyone at least 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up. Also in the report are the group's findings on mobile broadband usage. In that, the FCC found that mobile wireless service subscribers and data plans with full internet access grew 48% in the second half of 2009. When you factor in all the connections with speeds over 200kbps, mobile wireless leads everything at 39.4%. Cable modems come in second at 32.4% while ADSL comes in third at 23.3%. However, connections over 3Mbps have cable modems squarely in the lead with a share of over 70%.