Broadband access in America still stinks, according to a new report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). How much does it stink? Around 34 million Americans don’t have fast enough internet.
The FCC wants US internet providers to give customers benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads, and 3 Mpbs for uploads. Apparently, about ten-percent of the population still doesn’t have access to those speeds. “While the nation continues to make progress in broadband deployment, advanced telecommunications capacity is not being deployed in a reasonable and timely fashion to all Americans,” the report states.
There has been progress, though. In 2012, 20% of the US lacked access to those 25/3 benchmark speeds, and in just three years, that number’s been halved, so that’s good. But not good enough: In rural areas, a whopping 39% of residents still don’t have fast enough internet, if they’re lucky enough to have internet at all.
America’s been lagging behind for a while, and that certainly hasn’t changed. The US ranks 16 out of 34 developed nations for internet speeds. The report says the government’s throwing billions of dollars at fixing the problem through various programs and funds.