USTelecom’s 2020 Broadband Pricing Index (BPI), using FCC and other public data sources, reveals Americans are paying less today for broadband services that are significantly more capable than they were five years ago.
- Most popular tier of broadband service in 2015 is now priced about 20% lower and offers nearly 16% faster speeds in 2020
- When inflation is considered, the real price of the most popular tier of broadband service has decreased 28% since 2015
Affordability Issue Brief
Investment drives completion. American consumers have access to some of the world’s most robust and resilient broadband connections.
- 92% of Americans have access to 100 Mbps speeds—up from only 10% a decade ago
- 87% of Americans have access to Gigabit speeds today—this technology simply was not even available a decade ago
Competition Issue Brief
The U.S. approach – a collaborative public-private policy framework that incentivizes capital-intensive private investment over government regulation – has delivered a more competitive U.S. broadband marketplace than Europe and additional benefits, including declining U.S. broadband prices, superior network resilience, and the ability for consumers to fully utilize digital tools and resources.
- U.S. leads EU in both broadband infrastructure deployment and broadband adoption—at all speeds
- Broadband providers invest substantially more in U.S. versus EU infrastructure—more than three times per household – about $700 per home each year)
- U.S. consumers enjoy twice the facilities-based competition as their EU counterparts.
Universal Connectivity Issue Brief