FCC Says Common Carrier Regulation Depressed Investment

From 2012 to 2014, the two years preceding the Title II Order, fixed terrestrial broadband Internet access was deployed to 29.9 million people who never had it before, including one million people on tribal lands, the Federal Communications Commission says.

In the following two years, new deployments dropped 55 percent, reaching only 13.5 million people, including only 330,000 people on tribal lands.


My own analysis suggests there was a sharp drop off in 2015, with growth in 2016, but clearly at lower levels than had been seen in 2012 to 2014 periods.



New Fixed Network Connections Added 2012 to 2016
growthrate

1.20%
1.22%
1.81%
2.11%
up to 10 mbps
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
passings
290.7
294.2
297.8
303.2
309.6
net adds

3.5
3.6
5.4
6.4
25 Mbps

2013
2014
2015
2016
passings
254.4
263.9
284.3
286.9
297.8
growthrate

3.73%
7.73%
0.91%
3.80%
net adds

9.5
20.4
2.6
10.9
50mbps





passings
155.7
187.4
270.8
282.4
292.8
growthrate

20.36%
44.50%
4.28%
3.68%
net adds

31.7
83.4
11.6
10.4






total net adds

44.7
107.4
19.6
27.7
source: analysis of FCC data


From 2012 to 2014, mobile LTE broadband was newly deployed to 34.2 million people, including 21.5 million rural Americans. In the following two years, new mobile deployments dropped 83 percent, reaching only 5.8 million more Americans, including only 2.3 million more rural Americans.

And from 2012 to 2014, the number of Americans without access to both fixed terrestrial broadband and mobile broadband fell by more than half—from 72.1 million to 34.5 million.



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