$200 billion 

invested in cable infrastructure since 1996

$23 billion 

invested by Verizon in its FiOS fiber network since 2004

$14 billion 

invested by AT&T in U-Verse fiber-to-the node, 2012-15

$30 billion 

invested in 4G wireless networks in 2012 alone

$140 billion

Estimated cost for Google Fiber to cover the entire country


$7 billion

in Federal stimulus money in the 2009 stimulus act, the high-water mark for “investment” of Federal taxpayer dollars

$1.1 trillion

2012 Federal deficit, down from $1.3 trillion in 2011