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American Internet companies are failing at broadband

American Internet companies are failing at broadband
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It often seems like everyone has Internet access. No matter where you go, or who you talk to, they have broadband Internet at home.

Yet, the United States is still falling short of ensuring that everyone has access to it. Note: In 1996, Congress passed a law that requires the Federal Communications Commission to determine if "advanced telecommunications capability" is being deployed in a timely manner to all Americans.

In 2014, the most recent year with stats, 10% of Americans did not have access to fixed, high-speed Internet. People in cities or urban areas are the most connected. Only 4% of urban dwellers don't have access to fixed broadband. (See chart.)

By comparison, 39% of Americans living in rural areas don't have access. Native Americans living on tribal lands are the least connected - 41% don't have access.

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