45 Million Americans Lack Access to High Speed Internet According to The FCC





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The FCC yesterday approved raising the national benchmark to 100 Mbps for download speeds and 20 Mbps for upload. That’s a significant increase to the current standard of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. The FCC did rule that 5G services can be considered high speed if they offer 35 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.

With this change, the FCC declared that 45 million Americans still do not have access to high-speed internet through fixed lines like cable or fiber or even wireless providers like 5G home internet.

This ruling has a major impact on FCC grans of money to help internet providers bring high-speed internet to rural America. To participate ISPs would need to now meet the new 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up speeds to get funding for wired projects. This should help in the future force internet service providers to offer even faster internet.

In the FCC report, it broke down the current situation of high-speed internet in the United States:

  • Fixed terrestrial broadband service (excluding satellite) has not been physically deployed to approximately 24 million Americans, including almost 28% of Americans in rural areas, and more than 23% of people living on Tribal lands; 
  • Mobile 5G-NR coverage has not been physically deployed at minimum speeds of 35/3 Mbps to roughly 9% of all Americans, to almost 36% of Americans in rural areas, and to more than 20% of people living on Tribal lands; 
  • 45 million Americans lack access to both 100/20 Mbps fixed service and 35/3 Mbps mobile 5G-NR service; and
  • Based on the new 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff short-term benchmark for schools and classrooms, 74% of school districts meet this goal. 

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