Map: The Wide Swaths of America With Few Options for High-Speed Internet
As demand for high-speed Internet increases, the number of ISPs isn't keeping pace.
A free market needs competition. And that's sorely lacking, Federal Communications Commission officials say, when it comes to Internet service providers and broadband access.
Earlier this year, commissioners set a new standard for broadband access in America, saying every household should have access to a 25-megabits-per-second download connection. But in much of the country, consumers can only pick between one or two ISPs at that speed, contributing to higher prices.
"Where meaningful competition is not available, the commission will work to create it," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said last year. Take a look at the map below to see where they could start.