1Gbps Broadband Penetration in the USA

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The insatiable demand for high speed Internet access, driven primarily by video, has triggered the deployment of 1Gbps and beyond in cities throughout the United States.

1Gbps or 1,000Mbps is about 60 times the US average advertised broadband speed. It may sound like ultra-fast access speeds of 1Gbps and beyond are not required for home use, but trends have consistently demonstrated that such speeds will eventually become a requirement for the average user and will even one day become obsolete.

By the late 1980s, users were content working with access speeds of about 1Kbps but only two decades later, average access speeds had increased 1000 times to about 1Mbps. By the same token, it is more than likely that residential 1Gbps will be widely available by the 2020 time-frame.

Residential 1Gbps Internet access deployment was pioneered by Google Fiber in Kansas City in 2012. Since then over 50 service providers are operating 1Gbps services in the USA, providing a penetration of over 20 Million residences.

1Gbps is offered predominantly over fiber optics with a few providers, such as RCN, offering the same speeds over co-axial cable.

The table below shows 1Gbps penetration for US states, D.C and Puerto Rico. Leading service providers include Level 3, Integra Telecom, Verizon and TDM Telecom.

Residential 1Gbps penetration for the 50 US States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

State%Percentage PernetrationPernetration (000)
Rhode Island97.61,030
Oregon60.72445
North Dakota59.3448
Utah45.61,366
Indiana38.42,541
South Dakota21.4183
Tennessee17.81,174
Washington16.11,154
New Hampshire16.1214
Nebraska14.5274
Mississippi13.8412
Illinois11.91,530
Massachusetts11747
Georgia10.91,113
Florida10.12,047
Pennsylvania10.11,293
Colorado8.6469
New York8.51,682
Alabama8.1393
Nevada8231
Minnesota7.9433
Kansas6.8197
North Carolina6.4642
District of Columbia6.241
South Carolina5.4264
Vermont5.232
Missouri4.9298
Maryland4.5270
Iowa4.5140
Virginia4.3360
New Jersey3.6322
Connecticut3.4122
Texas2.6714
Arkansas2.368
Delaware2.220
Kentucky288
Michigan1.7168
Arizona1.7116
Ohio1.5174
Idaho1.321
Louisiana1.151
Oklahoma1.143
New Mexico1.122
Hawaii0.912
Puerto Rico0.724
Maine0.79
Wyoming0.74
California0.6234
Wisconsin0.528
Montana0.33
West Virginia00
Alaska00

 

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