Patrick Brogan

Broadband Availability

The statistics on broadband availability tell a story of nearly universal access. Almost every home in the U.S. has a choice of broad-band providers with options of either wired, wireless or satellite forms of access. This widespread availability places the U.S. well above the European Union in terms of access options.

Broadband Availability

Industry Stat % Year Source
% of Housing Units with at Least One Wired Broadband Provider 97% Mid-Year 2017 FCC and
% of Housing Units with at Least Two Wired Broadband Options 85% Mid-Year 2017 FCC and
% of Population with at Least One LTE Wireless Broadband Provider 99%+ Mid-Year 2017 FCC and


Detailed Residential Broadband Availability Data

Broadband Availability 5

Source: FCC and mid-year 2017. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

International Comparison: % of Population with Two or More Wired Broadband Options

Broadband Availability 4


Sources: United States coverage data are from the FCC and for mid-year 2017. European coverage data are from Broadband Coverage in Europe 2017 (data from mid-year 2017).