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USA - Fixed and Wireless Broadband Market - Insights Statistics and Forecasts


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USA - Fixed and Wireless Broadband Market - Insights Statistics and Forecasts

The US still trails its OECD counterparts in terms of broadband penetration, speed and affordability. Nevertheless, the market is currently witnessing significant investment activity in fibre deployments, HFC upgrades and mobile broadband network rollout. Much of the investment in fibre is being undertaken by a significant number of smaller players and municipalities rather than the two key telcos, which are concentrating on a hybrid fibre/copper network and limiting future upgrades beyond what has already been achieved. Broadband services in most regions still lack effective competition, with the AT&T and Verizon managing an effective duopoly in many areas of the country. Municipal activity, often geared at breaking this stranglehold and introducing competition and innovation, continues to be stymied by lobbying pressure from these main telcos, which has led to almost half of the states banning or restricting municipal or state-led infrastructure projects.

A number of important policy statements have been made by the government and FCC indicating that policy-makers and regulators alike, concerned about the comparatively slow pace of US broadband developments, recognise the need for substantial structural change and regulatory reform. In addition, there is growing recognition of the importance of a trans-sectoral approach to broadband networks including, for instance, the health, education and energy sectors, in order to fully realise the benefits of the nascent digital economy.

This report provides overviews, analysis, relevant statistics and subscriber forecasts on the US cable, DSL, FttP, WiFi and WiMAX broadband markets. It also includes an updated analysis on recent court rulings affecting net neutrality.

Key developments:

Next Century Cities program expands to 50 cities developing affordable broadband solutions; USDA makes available $190.5 million in loans and grants for rural broadband; President calls for FCC to redefine internet as a public utility; FCC rules 10Mb/s as the minimum broadband speed; Liberty Media to spin off new Liberty Broadband Group; FCC approves $2 billion to improve WiFi to schools; AT&T joins the Fon network in Poland and Portugal; Hotspot 2.0 service launch in Bay area; AT&T rolls out a national fixed-wireless service leveraging its LTE network; Verizon stops selling stand-alone DSL service; NTIA reports on funding progress; FCC revises rules to allow WCS license holders to use 30MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band; FCC invites testing for migration from copper to fibre infrastructure; Sprint makes bid for remaining 50% of Clearwire; new rules to shape e-health developments; WhiteFi launches using analogue TV spectrum; FCC issues Gigabit City Challenge'; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.

Companies included in this report include:

Clearwire; Sprint; AT&T; Verizon; MetroPCS; US Cellular; Qwest; CenturyLink; Frontier; Windstream; Fairpoint; Cincinnati Bell; Comcast; Google; HughesNet; ViaSat


1. Synopsis
2. US broadband market
2.1 Broadband market overview
2.1.. Minimum broadband speed increased
2.2 Broadband market statistics
3. Policy and regulation framework
3.1 Network regulation overview
3.2 Broadband stimulus package
3.3 FCC's National Broadband Plan
3.4 Migration from copper to fibre
3.5 FCC change of chairma. opportunities to advance telecoms
3.6 FCC calls for more competition
3.7 Gigabit City Challenge
3.8 Universal Service Fund
3.8.. From Universal Service to Universal Broadband
3.8.. Telco obstruction
3.9 E-Rate Fund
3.10 Private networks
3.11 Network neutrality
3.11.. Network neutralit. analysis
3.11.. Network neutrality update
4. Cable broadband
4.1 New technologies
4.2 Cable broadband statistics
5. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
5.1 DSL overview
5.2 Verizon
5.3 AT&T
5.4 Frontier Communications
5.5 DSL statistics
6. PLC
7. Fixed wireless broadband
7.1 Overview
7.2 WiFi
7.2.. WiFi Networks
7.2.. AT&T
7.3 WiMAX
7.4 Municipal wireless broadband
7.4.. Next Century Cities
7.4.. Los Angeles
7.4.. Other developments
7.5 State deployments
7.6 Satellite broadband
8. E-services
8.1 E-entertainment
8.2 E-health
8.3 E-government
8.4 E-education
9. E-commerce, m-commerce and online advertising
9.1 E-commerce
10. Forecasts
10.1 Overview
10.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Related reports
Tabl. . Broadband (fixed and fixed wireless) subscribers and penetratio. 2000 - 2014
Tabl. . Fixed-line broadband penetration, by population and househol. 2000 - 2015
Tabl. . USA broadband penetration and OECD rankin. 2001 - 2013
Tabl. . Proportion of broadband subscribers with access to data speeds, by platfor. June 2012
Tabl. . Broadband connections by data speed. 2010 - 2013
Tabl. . Market competition: number of broadband by speed ban. 2014
Tabl. . US cable industry infrastructure expenditur. 2000 - 2012
Tabl. . Top 10 cable MSOs' coverage, subscribers and penetration by technolog. 2010; 2012 - 2014
Tabl. 1. US cable modem subscribers and annual chang. 2000 - 2013
Tabl. 1. Subscribers for top cable modem provider. 2007 - 2014
Tabl. 1. Average DSL and FttP traffic by subscriber (GB/month. 2012
Tabl. 1. Average traffic use by subscriber profil. 2012
Tabl. 1. Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational dat. 2010 - 2014
Tabl. 1. AT&T operational dat. 2011 - 2014
Tabl. 1. AT&T financial dat. 2011 - 2014
Tabl. 1. Frontier Communications revenu. 2008 - 2014
Tabl. 1. Frontier Communications customers by secto. 2011 - 2014
Tabl. 1. DSL subscriber. 2000 - 2014
Tabl. 2. DSL subscribers by major carrie. 2008 - 2014
Tabl. 21 - Online US video usag. 2011
Tabl. 22 - Online retail sale. 200. 2014
Tabl. 2. Forecast broadband subscribers and penetratio. lower growth scenari. 2010 - 2016
Tabl. 2. Forecast broadband subscribers and penetratio. higher growth scenari. 2010 - 2016
Chart . US cable modem subscribers and annual chang. 200. 2014
Chart . Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational dat. 201. 2014
Chart . AT&T operational dat. 201. 2014
Chart . DSL subscriber. 200. 2014
Exhibi. . Cable broadband drives cable VoIP

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