The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Access (Infrastructure)

Please find below the latest installment of the GovLab Index on Internet Governance, inspired by the Harper’s Index. “Internet Governance — Access (Infrastructure)” is part of a series of Indexes that focus on the five main areas within Internet Governance: access, content, code, trust, and trade. This edition focuses on infrastructural aspects of Internet access and connectivity. Previous installments in the series include Access (Net Neutrality), Code, Content, Trade, and Trust. Please share any additional statistics and research findings with us by emailing shruti at

Internet Access

Broadband in the United States

  • National average speed for Internet connections in the US: 31.85 Mbps
  • Most common household connection type in the United States in 2013: cable modem (42.8%)
    • Percentage of households with DSL connections: 21.2%
    • Households that reported using only a dial-up connection: 1%
  • Percentage of Americans who lack access to 25Mbps/3Mbps: 17% or 55 million
    • How many rural Americans lack access to 25Mbps/3Mbps: 53% or 22 million
    • How many urban Americans lack access to 25Mbps/3Mbps: 8%
  • Amount the broadband gap closed in 2014: 3%
  • Broadband as currently defined by the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC): 4 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up
  • Definition of broadband being proposed by Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, in January 2015: 25 Mbps down,  3 Mbps up

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One Response to “The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Access (Infrastructure)”

  1. ISOC-NY January 15, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    Very good. Thanks.

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