New analysis by NCTA has found that Americans are paying less for broadband services. When looking at the price of American broadband, the cost of the most popular broadband tiers fell 28% while the prices for the fastest speeds decreased by 44% from 2015-2020. In addition, the price per Megabit per second (Mbps) of cable broadband service decreased by 98%—from $28.13/Mbps in the year 2000 to $0.64/Mbps in 2020.
The NCTA report debunks previous claims that the cost of broadband is higher in the U.S. compared to the world. According to data from the Open Technology Institute, U.S. broadband prices are lower than many cities around the world once speeds and population density are considered. In cities with population densities between 3,000 and 4,000 people per square kilometer, the average prices in Seattle and Los Angeles are $0.16 and $0.20 per Mbps, while the price in Amsterdam is $0.45 per Mbps.