How to Actually Get Americans Online
This morning, my letter to the editor to The New York Times was published. With the word restrictions, I didn’t have an opportunity to show some of the ways that Ms. Crawford’s opinion piece missed the mark, so I thought I’d write this blog post. In her opinion on how to get broadband access to more Americans, Ms. Crawford ignores the reality in the United States and how we compare with the world. The U.S. promotes competition and innovation.
- That’s proven by the fact that 98 percent of Americans have access to 3G wireless service today, and more than 90 percent have access to 4G wireless service. These are advanced technologies deployed by competing companies.
- With five percent of the world’s wireless subscribers and population, wireless providers in the U.S. serve almost half of the world’s LTE subscribers.
- Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently pointed out the U.S. is responsible for 25 percent of the world’s wireless capital investment.
- That’s just the wireless service providers’ capital investment. It doesn’t count spending by companies that employ more than 519,000 people in wireless application-related jobs here in the U.S. It doesn’t include the spending by the many software, firmware and hardware companies that help make up the wireless ecosystem in the U.S., including the global manufacturers who have located their R&D facilities in Texas, California and other states.