Released December 14, 2016
USTelecom’s annual analysis of broadband industry capital expenditures reveals that the industry invested approximately $1.5 trillion in network infrastructure over 20 years from 1996-2015. The wireline industry invested nearly $750 billion during this period. In 2015, the industry invested $76 billion, $1billion lower than the previous year. The U.S. digital economy requires constant broadband investment in ever greater capacity, speed, and reliability. To optimize the benefits for all American consumers and businesses, policymakers must seek to create an environment that encourages growth in broadband investment.