The Commission's latest (and we use that term loosely) Internet Access Services study, based on data nearly two years old, found that broadband connections delivering at least 100 Mbit/s downstream jumped to 40.6 million at the end of 2017, versus 24.5 million at the end of the prior year.
A good portion of the jump appears to be attributed to DOCSIS upgrades by cable operators. Almost 86% of residential fixed connections delivering at least 100 Mbit/s down and at least 10 Mbit/s upstream were via cable modem technology, with 13.6% from FTTP.
The 60-page report (PDF) also found that the number Internet connections increased by about 4%, to 421 million, versus the prior year. Mobile Internet connections also rose 4.5%, to 313 million, and fixed connections climbed 2%, to 108 million. The FCC, which has been refining its study methods amid criticism that these reports are not fully accurate, points out that mobile Internet connections remain "underreported" by as much as 5% through December 2017.
The FCC study is based on vintage data from FCC Form 477 obtained by facilities-based broadband providers. The FCC counts an "Internet connection" as delivering speeds of 200 Kbit/s in at least one direction. The Commission's definition for "broadband" is at least 25 Mbit/s down by 3 Mbit/s up.
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