Every six months, the Federal Communications Commission releases updated data on the respective coverage of every internet provider in the US. That includes coverage maps as well as metrics on the types of technologies being used, the number of customers that fall into each provider’s footprint, and the specific upload and download speeds available to those customers, should they choose to sign up. The latest update went live just last week, and brings the database up to date as of June 2020.
I have picked out the charts and notes they share that I think are most interesting…
Percentage of US Population covered by each ISP
- by the nature of their technology, satellite providers cover a lot.
- Starlink isn’t on the horizon yet – but this is from June 2020
Percentage of Provider’s Footrpint with access to FTTH
- Fiber is increasing
- The problem is that it isn’t available everywhere — for the most part, providers have focused on building out fiber networks in population-dense regions around America’s major cities, leaving customers out of the mix.
Percentage of provider footprint with access to each (upload) speed via technology
- Of all of the internet providers that offer service to at least 10% of the US population (including satellite providers omitted from this chart), Verizon is the only one that offers upload speeds faster than 25Mbps to a majority of its customers.
- upload speeds from most providers remain . That’s largely because fiber is really the only mode of home internet capable of hitting triple-digit upload speeds, and as mentioned earlier, fiber is far from universally available.