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Wireless broadband has come a long way in the last few years, with the rise of mobile phones and even smart TVs giving people access to more than ever before.
However, even though the internet has improved, many people still find it hard to get connected to the full internet when they are not in the city.
A new survey from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that more than a quarter of American adults are still unable to get online, and half of those polled reported experiencing poor signal strength.
The survey found that a majority of Americans, 58%, can’t connect to the internet on their own without a wired internet connection.
That’s a significant number, given that the majority of people in the US live in a rural or rural-only area, and that rural areas tend to have poor internet speeds.
According to FCC data, the average home internet speed in rural areas is only 5Mbps (megabits per second), which is less than half of the average speeds for cities like New York and Washington DC.
This isn’t surprising given that there is still a lot of room for improvement, as the FCC’s Broadband Plan is currently being debated in Congress.
But even with this, it seems like the majority are not quite ready to accept that wireless internet is the future.
For the majority, wireless internet isn’t really an option at all, and the fact that they can’t get internet is a barrier to getting online, the survey found.
The FCC’s study found that 61% of respondents who live in rural and rural-exclusive areas have had their broadband speeds cut to just 3Mbps, while a majority who live along major highways, in densely populated cities or in sparsely populated areas also experience poor signal.
It is unclear how many Americans who live outside of these areas will ever connect to wireless broadband, and it’s possible that the FCC will continue to push for better broadband access in those areas, but it seems unlikely that wireless broadband will be a universal requirement in most areas anytime soon.
Despite this, a lot more Americans are likely to connect to a wired connection if they are willing to pay for it.
The Federal Communications Commissions survey found a whopping 71% of consumers who live and work outside of the metro areas have wireless internet.
In other words, nearly a third of American households are using wireless internet at least once a month.
This may not sound like a lot, but the FCC said it could mean the difference between getting connected and not.
“Wireless broadband is a key part of helping millions of Americans connect to jobs and entertainment, connect to businesses and services, and make important purchases online,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a statement.
“With the rise in connected devices and the growth of mobile devices, the FCC is committed to making sure that consumers are connected to more choices in the way they access the internet.”
The FCC survey found nearly one in five Americans who are currently connected to wired internet have access to the same level of speeds they had when they were connected to wireless internet, which is not much different from the figure found when the survey was last conducted in 2013.
However that number is a bit lower when you consider that more Americans who have access now use wireless internet than those who were connected at some point in the past.
The wireless internet survey also found that there was a wide disparity in how people experience wireless internet service.
Only 15% of people surveyed said they had received a wireless internet connection when they first connected to their broadband, compared to 66% who said the same about the same time last year.
That figure also dipped slightly when you look at the survey’s rural respondents.
Only 18% of rural households have access at least one wireless internet provider, compared with 45% of urban households.
The remaining 50% of households had no wireless internet providers in 2013, while the remaining 80% had none in 2017.
According the FCC, the vast majority of rural Americans (76%) have access on their home broadband network, while more than half (55%) of urban Americans have access.
However a third (34%) of people living in the metropolitan area had no access to wireless Internet, while 31% of those living in outlying areas had no connectivity.