100Mbps Internet available to most Americans, but not from multiple ISPs

— 6:00 AM on December 18, 2014

According to a U.S. Department of Commerce report published earlier this week, 94% of Americans can get Internet access with download speeds up to 10Mbps. 70% can choose from at least two providers, but that figure shrinks rapidly as the connection speed rises. While 59% of the population has access to 100Mbps connectivity, only 9% can get it from more than one ISP.

The following chart from the full report (PDF) highlights the trend clearly:

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

Even for a ho-hum 25Mbps connection, just 37% of Americans have a choice in providers, and only 9% can choose between more than two. To be fair, the figures are pulled from 2013. They may have shifted slightly since, especially for the gigabit tier.

Speeds are lower overall on the mobile front, but there are at least more carrier options. 99% of folks can get 10Mbps mobile broadband from at least one provider. 90% have two or more carrier choices, and 71% have at least three. Faster 25Mbps connections are available to only 3% of the population.

Thanks to Ars Technica for the tip.

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