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98% of Americans have access to LTE, As part of Obama’s Broadband Plan

March 24, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

The internet has been a big part of Obama’s administration since he took over the White House in 2009 as the first African-American President of the United States. After all, a big part of his campaign involved social media, and to this day, he’s still very active on social media and the internet. He’s even held a few Hangouts on Air through Google+ over the past few years.

Today, the Obama administration announced that over 98 percent of Americans have access to LTE service now. Verizon has been advertising for quite a while that they cover that many americans with their LTE network. But it appears that as of today, the government agrees with Verizon Wireless on that number. In 2011, when Barack Obama announced that milestone as one of the administrations goals, the nations largest carrier provided LTE to a little over half of the country’s population. While 3G only covered about 95% of the US population. Obama’s administration provided roughly $7 billion in funding to help bring wireless networks up to speed across the country.

While LTE is now available to more than 98% of the population here in the US, we still have some of the slowest LTE speeds in the world. According to a recent report that OpenSignal put together titled “The State of LTE”, the US has the fourth slowest LTE speed in the world. With only Mexico, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia behind them. So while we have 98% of our population with access to LTE, it’s not the fastest, and still lags behind. However, Broadband lags even further behind.

Broadband in the US, from the likes of Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner and a few other ISP’s, have lagged for years. We’ve seen Google doing it’s part to help get faster speeds in the US, with Google Fiber, and it has sparked some competition from AT&T and others in some areas of the country. But there’s still more work to be done when it comes to internet in the US. As part of the White House announcement today, they did announced that there is a new policy being put in place today that will bring about $35 million in loans to help broadband infrastructure in rural areas of a few states like Arkansas, New Mexico, and Iowa.