BroadbandNow Releases The State of Broadband in America, Q4 2020

Access to low-priced wired broadband plans expanded in 2020; 70 percent of Americans now have availability, up from 52 percent a year ago

Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BroadbandNow’s ( quarterly, “The State of Broadband in America” study for the fourth quarter of this year, found access to low-priced wired broadband plans expanded last year.

“Our research finds 70 percent of Americans now have access to broadband internet at a cost-effective price,” said Tyler Cooper, editor-in-chief of BroadbandNow. “The increase – from 52 percent a year ago – is a positive sign in the on-going efforts to close the digital divide in the U.S.”

The quarterly study also highlights the wide divide when it comes to speeds. BroadbandNow is advocating for a new broadband internet definition: increasing download speeds from 25 to 100 Mbps and upload speeds from 3 to 25 Mbps. By the end of 2020, only 30 percent of Americans have access to a low-priced plan with service speeds of 100 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload. Meanwhile, 78 percent of Americans have availability to a service delivering those speeds.

Also, of note and for the first time, residents in Alaska have gained access to low-priced broadband plans. However, less than one percent of the population has access. Now, all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia have access to low-priced plans defined by $60 or less per month.

The State of Broadband in America, Q4 2020 can be found at:

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Steve Stratz
for BroadbandNow