FCC Reports 34M Are Denied Adequate Internet Speeds

Millions of Americans Have Bad ISPs…

Suffering from slow internet speeds?  You are not alone.  According to Digital Trends, the FCC ran their annual deployment test and 34 million Americans are being denied the predetermined adequate internet speeds of 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads.

The issue at hand isn’t that 10 percent of Americans simply can’t afford broadband connections that the Commission would consider up to par. Rather, the FCC’s displeasure stems from the fact that 1 in every 10 Americans are effectively being denied the benchmark speed. Providers are simply unwilling or unable to serve a considerable proportion of homes with adequate broadband speeds.


According to the FCC’s recently released fact sheet, the disparity between haves and have-nots in terms of Internet is particularly pronounced when it comes to geography. The Commission cited a “persistent urban-rural divide” that has left “39 percent of the rural population without access to fixed broadband.” Only 4 percent of those in urban environments, on the other hand, are in the same position.


All this to say that when compared with our international peers, the U.S. is falling seriously behind. In fact, we rank just 16th out of 34 countries surveyed.

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8 thoughts on “FCC Reports 34M Are Denied Adequate Internet Speeds”

  1. Agreed. Most people don't need those speeds. The only reason they updated the so-called adequate speed to 25 is because of 4k video, that doesn't mean people have to have it to have a satisfactory internet experience.

    Could the providers upgrade their equipment to improve the speeds they offer to make our speeds more equal to the rest of teh world? Of course they can, but they go into shock or a coma if they have to spend one more dollar than they absolutely have to.

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