Released: July 31, 2019
U.S. broadband providers invested approximately $80.0 billion in network infrastructure in 2018, up more than $3.1 billion from $76.9 billion in 2017 (see Chart 1). Broadband provider capital spending has now surpassed the recent peak of $78.0 billion reported in 2014 by $2.0 billion. From 1996 through 2018, the broadband industry has made capital investments totaling more than $1.7 trillion (see Chart 2). USTelecom has published its broadband provider capital expenditures data series annually for the last nine years. The data now cover 23 years of broadband provider capital investment and include minor historical revisions to incorporate new information.