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FCC: Wireless Is Fastest-Growing Broadband Technology

The FCC's latest Wireline Competition Bureau report on High-Speed Services for Internet Access as of Dec. 31, 2007 shows more mobile wireless high-speed lines (50,977,914) than ADSL (29,451,719) or cable modem lines (36,497,284).

The 2004 report didn't mention any mobile wireless high-speed lines. They were first listed in the 2005 report with 3,127,670 “lines.” The number of mobile wireless lines more than doubled in the last year of the study while ADSL and cable modem lines increased approximately 20 percent in the same period.

Satellite high-speed lines increased from 426,928 in 2005 to 791,142 in 2007. Fixed wireless grew from 257,431 lines in 2005 to 705,014 in 2007.

The FCC defines “high-speed lines” as lines with over 200 kbps in at least one direction. The report includes tables showing information transfer rates for the different services, although some mobile wireless, satellite and power line and other services had some data “withheld to maintain firm confidentiality.”

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.