US median broadband price is $80/month

Telecompetitor reports…

The U.S. residential median broadband price was $80 per month during the second quarter of 2017, according to research from Point Topic.

Globally, the average residential download speed was 135 Mbps and the average monthly charge was $105. The best value was provided by fiber (208 Mbps for $94) and the worst by copper (14 Mbps for $68).

I was surprised at $80/month. I suspect that Telecompetitor isn’t talking to the folks who are using their mobile hotspot for connectivity – or maybe they aren’t factoring in data caps.

It reminds me of the story of the Rock County radio station from a Task Force meeting earlier this summer. Their connection went from $1800/month to $85 once they got fiber. The $1800 appears to have been a combination of solutions, which included subscriptions with data caps.

Regardless, the discrepancy is clear.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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