FCC releases New Data on Internet Access Services
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FCC RELEASES NEW DATA ON INTERNET ACCESS SERVICESWashington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest report on
Internet access service connections in the United States.
Titled Internet Access Services, the report is based on data submitted by service providers every
six months on FCC Form 477. The report tracks changes at the state and national level in the
number of subscribers to Internet access service in 72 different combinations of speed tiers.
The report includes data collected by the FCC through December 31, 2012. Highlights from the
Internet Access Services report include the following:
Internet connections overall are growing. The number of connections over 200 kbps in at
least one direction increased by 14% year-over-year to nearly 262 million.
At year-end 2012, there were almost 65 million fixed and 64 million mobile connections
with downstream speeds at or above 3 Mbps and upstream speeds at or above 768 kbps,
as compared to 51 million fixed and 31 million mobile connections a year earlier.
The number of connections with downstream speeds of at least 10 Mbps increased by
35% over December 2011, to 60 million connections.
Growth is particularly high in mobile Internet subscriptions. The number of mobile
subscriptions with speeds over 200 kbps in at least one direction grew to more than 169
million – up 19% from December 2011. The number of fixed-location connections at
speeds over 200 kbps in at least one direction increased by 5% year-over-year to nearly
The report also uses census tract-level information collected on FCC Form 477 to estimate the
percentages of households located in census tracts where zero, one, two, or three or more
providers reported residential fixed-location connections of several different speeds in December
2012. In doing so, however, the report emphasizes that a provider that reports residential fixed-
location connections of a particular speed in a particular census tract may not necessarily offer
service at that speed everywhere in the census tract. Accordingly, the number of providers does
not necessarily reflect the number of choices available to a particular household and does not
This caveat equally applies to the report’s estimated percentages of households in census tracts
where providers reported purchased residential fixed-location connections of different speeds or
reported operating a mobile wireless network capable of sending or receiving data at different
speeds. Moreover, as previously announced, the Commission has released its first public version
of the FCC Speed Test app for Android smartphones. This addition to the Measuring Broadband
America program will provide consumers with information about their own mobile broadband
speeds and assist the Commission in assessing mobile broadband performance nationwide.
The Commission in June adopted changes to its FCC Form 477 program to assume responsibility
for the collection of data on broadband deployment, an effort currently overseen by the National
Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in coordination with the States, and
to implement a new approach for reporting broadband connection speeds of fixed and mobile
services. The Commission expects that the first filings of this new information will be due at the
FCC in September 2014 (representing data as of June 2014). Additional information about
changes coming to the FCC Form 477 is available at http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/changes-
The Internet Access Services report is available at
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-324884A1.pdf. It is also available for
reference in the FCC’s Reference Information Center, Courtyard Level, 445 12th Street, SW,
Washington, DC, 20554. Copies may be purchased by calling Best Copy and Printing, Inc. at
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