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

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


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.