On June 14, 2012, the FCC released its report on Internet access services summarizing information about the number of working Internet access connections over 200 Kilobits per second (Kbps) in at least one direction in the United States as of June 30, 2011. The report begins with three notable findings:
- Internet connections overall are growing. The number of connections over 200 Kbps in at least one direction increased by 31% year-over-year to 206 million.
- Growth is particularly high in mobile Internet subscriptions, but fixed-location connections also continue to increase. The number of mobile subscriptions grew to nearly 120 million – up 59% from June 2010. The number of fixed-location connections increased by 6% year-over-year, to nearly 87 million.
- Both fixed and mobile services are shifting to higher speeds. The share of fixed connections with speeds at or above the availability benchmark adopted in the Sixth Broadband Deployment Report increased from 51% to 56% of total fixed connections. Among mobile wireless subscriptions, the share increased from 6% to 14%.here.
The report is available here.
- Short form applications for the FCC mobility auction must be filed between June 27 and July 11, 2012. The auction will take place on September 27, 2012 and will distribute as much as $300 million from the USF. A news release on the auction is available here. The procedures for the auction are available here.