Tuesday, July 20, 2010

FCC: 14 to 24 million Americans lack Internet access

Readers of this blog know from past posts on U.S. Federal Communications Commission reports on broadband infrastructure deployment know that it effectively ground to a halt in 2006 as legacy telco and cable companies reached the limits of their respective business models.

Four years on, the FCC has formally recognized this reality, noting in a news release today announcing its latest report under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that between 14 and 24 million Americans "still lack access to broadband, and the immediate prospects for deployment to them are bleak."

As with past 706 reports, the table titled Percentage of Residential End-User Premises with Access to High-Speed Services by State shows those states where telco DSL deployments stalled because of technological and business model constraints.

Click here for the full report.

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