The importance of broadband providers increases as broadband becomes a more critical national resource. The United States is notable for the large number and diversity of its broadband providers, including those serving different geographic areas and using different technologies, such as wireline, cable, wireless, et al.
Source: FCC Form 477. Multiple Form 477 filers within a holding company structure count as one provider. A single company may provide more than one type of broadband technology, therefore the sum of the parts is greater than the total number of providers.