October, 2001
Feature
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Speed doesn’t kill, when it’s on the internet

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

Homes and businesses connected to highspeed internet lines climbed 158% to 7.1 million in 2000, according to data released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

• Homes and small business represented 5.2 million of the
total 7.1 million.

• About 4.3 million of the 7.1 million high-speed lines provided services at speeds of over 200 kilobits per second (kbps) in both directions, and thus met the Commission’s definition of advanced services, an increase of 118%.

• DSL lines in use increased by 435%.

• High-speed cable connections increased by was 153%.

• High-speed lines by satellite and fixed wireless technology grew from 50,000 in December 1999 to 112,000 in December 2000.

On the local level
High-speed access is spreading quickly through all parts of
the country.

• At the end of the year 2000, the presence of high-speed service subscribers was reported in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Subscribers were reported present in 75% of the nation’s zip codes, compared to 56% at the end of 1999.

• High-speed subscribers are present in 97% of the most densely populated zip codes. The comparable figure is 45% among zip codes with the lowest population densities, compared to 24% a year earlier.