In today’s world, high-speed internet service has become as vital as other utilities like water and electricity. It’s the gateway for everything from news to education, to , and all manners of entertainment, from to — and even For most Americans, a reliable and is now a mandatory part of both work and family life.
According to the most recent data available, the US ranks 10th (see 2017 PDF report) among countries for the highest average internet speeds (at 18.7 megabits per second, or Mpbs). But to the chagrin of citizens and politicians alike, high-speed internet isn’t yet universally available. Roughly 19 million Americans, or 7% of the US population, still don’t have access to a broadband provider, according to the FCC. This means they aren’t able to access the fastest speeds, unlimited data and other pleasures that come with top-notch high speed internet access.
And we can’t even agree on the scale of the problem. A more recent survey from research firm NPD Group puts the estimate much higher: It says thatdon’t have access to 25 Mbps