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Why Broadband Competition at Faster Speeds is Virtually Nonexistent

•, Karl Bode

New FCC data indicates that competition in the broadband market is virtually nonexistent at faster speeds. 

Most people are intimately familiar with their lack of alternatives to unpopular incumbent ISPs like Comcast. The inability to vote with your wallet is a major reason U.S. broadband customers pay some of the highest prices in the developed world, and these companies sport some of the worst customer satisfaction ratings of any industry in America.

And while the scattered deployment of Google Fiber and other gigabit connections tend to grab headlines that make us feel good about progress on this front, the reality is that in a large number of American markets the problem is actually getting worse.

According to the FCC's new Internet Access Services Report, 13 percent of "developed census blocks" can't get broadband at all at the FCC's standard "broadband" definition of 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up. While 56 percent of census blocks can get those speeds from at least two ISPs, 44 percent of census blocks have access to 25 Mbps speeds from just one ISP.