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USA - Fixed and Wireless Broadband Market - Insights and Statistics

  • May 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 39 pages

The US still trails its OECD counterparts in terms of broadband penetration, speed and affordability. Nevertheless, the market is currently witnessing significant investment activity in fibre deployments, HFC upgrades and mobile broadband network rollout. Much of the investment in fibre is being undertaken by a significant number of smaller players and municipalities rather than the two key telcos, which are concentrating on a hybrid fibre/copper network and limiting future upgrades beyond what has already been achieved. Broadband services in most regions still lack effective competition, with the AT&T and Verizon managing an effective duopoly in many areas of the country.

Municipal activity, often geared at breaking this stranglehold and introducing competition and innovation, continues to be stymied by lobbying pressure from these main telcos, which has led to almost half of the states banning or restricting municipal or state-led infrastructure projects.

The FCC's March 2015 ruling on network neutrality recognises the need for substantial structural change and regulatory reform. In addition, there is growing recognition of the importance of a trans-sectoral approach to broadband networks including, for instance, the health, education and energy sectors, in order to fully realise the benefits of the nascent digital economy.

Although 19 states have legislation which restrict municipalities from developing their own broadband networks, there is a growing consensus, supported by the President in his 2015 State of the Union address, that such restrictions should be lifted. The FCC in February 2015 used its authority under the 1996 Telecommunications Act to overturn restrictive legislation in Tennessee and South Carolina. Despite anticipated legal challenges, the ruling should open wide the ability of all municipalities to build their own broadband infrastructures, so providing effective competition to the dominant telcos and offering lower-cost and improved services to consumers. The FCC in its network neutrality ruling also reclassified broadband as a telecom service rather than a content service, and extended network neutrality conditions to mobile broadband services.

This report provides overviews, analysis, relevant statistics and subscriber forecasts on the US cable, DSL, FttP, WiFi and WiMAX broadband markets. It also includes an updated analysis on recent court rulings affecting net neutrality.

Key developments:
Comcast ends bid to acquire TimeWarnerCable; Altice Group acquires a 70% stake in Suddenlink Communications; Verizon makes $4.4 billion bid for AOL; Cox develops equipment running on DOCSIS 3.1; FCC extends net neutrality to cover mobile broadband; telcos and industry bodies file suits against network neutrality rulings; Frontier acquires Verizon's wireline assets in three western states for $10.5 billion; New York state proposal for $1 billion investment in broadband infrastructure, using state and private funds; Next Century Cities program expands to 50 cities developing affordable broadband solutions; USDA makes available $190.5 million in loans and grants for rural broadband; President calls for FCC to redefine internet as a public utility; FCC rules 25Mb/s as a newly defined broadband speed; Liberty Media to spin off new Liberty Broadband Group; FCC approves $2 billion to improve WiFi to schools; Verizon stops selling stand-alone DSL service; NTIA reports on funding progress; FCC revises rules to allow WCS license holders to use 30MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band; FCC invites testing for migration from copper to fibre infrastructure; new rules to shape e-health developments; WhiteFi launches using analogue TV spectrum; FCC issues Gigabit City Challenge'; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies included in this report include:
Clearwire; Sprint; AT&T; Verizon; MetroPCS; US Cellular; Qwest; CenturyLink; Frontier; Windstream; Fairpoint; Cincinnati Bell; Comcast; Google; HughesNet; ViaSat

Table Of Contents

USA - Fixed and Wireless Broadband Market - Insights and Statistics
1. Synopsis
2. US broadband market
2.1 Broadband market overview
2.1.1 Minimum broadband speed increased
2.2 Broadband market statistics
3. Policy and regulation framework
3.1 Network regulation overview
3.2 Broadband stimulus package
3.3 FCC's National Broadband Plan
3.4 Migration from copper to fibre
3.5 FCC change of chairman opportunities to advance telecoms
3.6 FCC calls for more competition
3.7 Presidential support for municipal broadband
3.8 Gigabit City Challenge
3.9 Universal Service Fund
3.9.1 From Universal Service to Universal Broadband
3.9.2 Telco obstruction
3.9.3 State and municipal broadband developments
3.10 E-Rate Fund
3.11 Private networks
3.12 Network neutrality
3.12.1 Network neutrality analysis
3.12.2 Network neutrality update
4. Cable broadband
4.1 New technologies
4.2 Cable broadband statistics
4.3 Cable operators
4.3.1 Cablevisión
4.3.2 Comcast Corporation
4.4 TimeWarnerCable
5. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
5.1 DSL overview
5.2 Verizon
5.3 ATandT
5.4 Frontier Communications
5.5 DSL statistics
6. PLC
7. Fixed wireless broadband
7.1 Overview
7.2 WiFi
7.2.1 WiFi Networks
7.2.2 ATandT
7.3 WiMAX
7.4 Municipal wireless broadband
7.4.1 Next Century Cities
7.4.2 Los Angeles
7.4.3 Other developments
7.5 State and municipal deployments
7.6 Satellite broadband
8. E-services
8.1 E-entertainment
8.2 E-health
8.3 E-government
8.4 E-education
9. E-commerce, m-commerce and online advertising
9.1 E-commerce
10. Forecasts
10.1 Overview
10.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Related reports
Table 2 Broadband (fixed and fixed wireless) subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2014
Table 3 Fixed-line broadband penetration, by population and household 2000 - 2015
Table 4 USA broadband penetration and OECD ranking 2001 - 2013
Table 5 Broadband connections by data speeds 2010 - 2013
Table 6 Market competition: proportion of broadband subscribers by speed band 2014
Table 7 US cable industry infrastructure expenditure 2000 - 2012
Table 8 Top 10 cable MSOs' coverage, subscribers and penetration by technology 2010; 2012 - 2014
Table 9 US cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 10 Subscribers for top cable modem providers 2008 - 2015
Table 11 Cablevisión cable subscriptions by service 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Cablevisión financial data 2011 - 2015
Table 13 Comcast revenue by service 2012 - 2015
Table 14 Comcast subscriptions by service 2012 - 2014
Table 15 Time Warner financial data 2008 - 2013
Table 16 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 - 2015
Table 17 ATandT operational data 2011 - 2015
Table 18 ATandT financial data 2011 - 2015
Table 19 Frontier Communications revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 20 Frontier Communications customers by sector 2011 - 2014
Table 21 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 22 DSL subscribers by major carrier 2009 - 2015
Table 23 - Online retail sales 2003 2014
Table 24 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration lower growth scenario 2010 - 2016
Table 25 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration higher growth scenario 2010 - 2016
Chart 1 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 2015
Chart 2 ATandT operational data 2011 2015
Chart 3 ATandT financial data 2011 2014
Exhibit 1 Cable broadband drives cable VoIP

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