The Broadband Backbone
Cable is the leader in broadband Internet service with the highest speeds delivered to almost every corner of the Golden State.
Internet service with the highest speeds delivered to almost every corner of the Golden State. In fact, cable’s broadband service is available to 98% of all California households, which encompass:
- 5.5 million California Cable Subscribers
- 3.4 million VoIP and Telephone Customers
- 6.4 million High-Speed Data Customers
- Standard cable broadband speed reach up to 20 megabytes per second.
Investment in High-Speed Broadband:
Cable’s omnipresent technology footprint is the direct result of a massive investment in creating a state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure nationwide. Since 1996, cable has invested more than $185 billion nationwide in Internet technology.
This investment has been significant in California with industry pouring $24.2 billion in fiber-optic cable upgrades from 1996 to 2011.
In 2011 alone, the California cable industry invested almost $2 billion in upgrades and new infrastructure statewide.
Investment in Super Wi-Fi Network:
It should be noted that the cable industry has done more than any sector of the economy in bringing fiber-optic broadband to the masses. We are continuing this mission by building out a vast network of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout California.
While this is an emerging project, a number of CCTA’s member companies are aggressively offering free Wi-Fi to their customers in California.
Comcast has activated several thousand public Wi-Fi hotspots so its customers can access the Internet free of charge. These networks stretch up the spine of the Central Valley and into such places as Willows and Atwater, as well as major metropolitan centers in the Bay Area and Sacramento.
In Southern California, Time Warner Cable (TWC) is pumping $15 million into a new Wi-Fi network in the Los Angeles area that currently features 10,000 Wi-Fi access points. It will be free to all its customers over 40-square miles that include Downtown LA, Venice Beach, West Hollywood, Santa Ana, Newport Beach and other Orange County cities.
The cable industry is a key driver of our nation’s economic growth and recovery by contributing to communities across the United States. Cable’s private capital investments have created an industry that supports 1.5 million workers.
Benefits to California
Over the past five years, during some of the toughest economic times in California history, our industry made significant new investments in the State and continued to add new jobs even as others found themselves cutting back.
California’s Emerging “App Economy”
Additionally, cable’s broadband infrastructure and growing Super Wi-Fi network makes it possible for employees to work from home and on the road. Writers, software engineers, designers and hundreds of other professionals will continue to excel in ways that were unimaginable a few short years ago. Cable is continuing to jumpstart a new era for technology and entrepreneurial breakthroughs that will generate the dynamic jobs of tomorrow.