The internet powers the economy and inspires our imaginations. In a time where progress is driven by an ever-increasing exchange of ideas across cultures and continents, there is no investment more critical than the continued development of America's broadband internet. Whether by increasing broadband access through network buildout, or educating communities about the benefits of being connected, we are deeply committed to ensuring that all Americans – whether they live in rural communities or large cities – have access to our nation's opportunity infrastructure.
Across the United States, cable operators are developing new ways to bring high-speed broadband networks to areas where the challenging terrain and low populations make deployment challenging. Fixed wireless technology is extending broadband service for up to 40 miles from the last wired point. Demand aggregation is helping to gather enough support from people and businesses in small towns to justify the high cost and sustainability of a major network buildout. And public-private partnerships are proving to be critical to closing the digital divide in rural areas.
Ultra-fast internet has the power to revitalize economies, education, healthcare, and entertainment, and nowhere is that more apparent than in rural America. When Eagle Communications turned the small town of St. Francis, Kansas, into a gigabit community, it opened up more opportunities than ever before and brought its residents to the cutting edge of technology.
High-speed internet connects small businesses and farmers to the global marketplace and enables rural communities to thrive economically.
The internet has become a necessity for businesses of all sizes and location, especially America’s farmers and small-town entrepreneurs. Farmers rely on the internet to market and sell their crops, keeping them competitive in today’s agricultural economy. For small businesses and artisans in rural areas, high-speed internet means they can reach more customers by selling directly to people all over the world.
Cable’s networks can be found in all 50 states including some of our most rural communities, where some of the world's fastest internet speeds--such as gigabit service--are enhancing the quality of education and healthcare and helping people to lead their best lives. In schools, high-speed internet is enabling students and teachers the ability to connect from virtually anywhere, giving them access to rich resources, classroom curricula, and a plethora of experts that allow them to expand their educations beyond what their remote communities can offer them.
Connectivity is also reinventing healthcare for millions of people. Where it used to take at least a full day to get to and from a doctor's office, patients can now video conference with their doctors from their home. Where x-rays would have to be sent off for analysis, delaying treatment up to one week, they can now be instantly transferred and analyzed. These efficiencies not only save time, they save money for the patient and provider, and most importantly are helping save lives by getting people the care they need faster.
There are 511 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas across the U.S. with a population of 288+ million citizens and 100+ million households. This map provides both Access and Subscription rates for all of them.
San Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara, CA
*Access Rate is the percent of households living in Census Tracts that meet the FCC minimum threshold for broadband.
**Subscription Rate is the percent of households that indicated having a broadband subscription in the Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey.