Broadband Half as Fast as Advertised: FCC

High-speed Internet service is only half as fast as advertised, according to an FCC report released this week. It is already bad enough that the U.S. trails a significant number of countries in terms of broadband speed, despite having invented the Internet.

It is possibly because ISPs offer speeds of "up to" X Mbps that this difference exists. In terms of those "up to" claims, the FCC report said that ISPs advertised an average of "up to" 6.7 Mbps (download) in 2009. What consumers received instead, however, was a lot less. The report said:
FCC analysis shows that average (mean) actual speed consumers received was approximately 4 Mbps, while the median actual speed was roughly 3 Mbps in 2009. Therefore actual download speeds experienced by U.S. consumers lag advertised speeds by roughly 50%.
The FCC used data from Akamai and comScore to estimate consumer broadband speeds.

The agency criticized the use of maximum possible "up to" speeds, which does not take into account network congestion, poorly performing customer PCs, or issues with wireless or wired routers.

For those concerned with broadband caps, the FCC said that in 2009, the average broadband customer used more than 9 GB of data per month, while the median user consumed less than 2 GB. The large gap between mean and median is because of the fact that, as ISPs will tell you, a small percentage of users suck up the largest percentage of bandwidth. In fact, the FCC said:
The extreme difference between average and median data usage is principally due to a relatively small number of users who consume very large amounts of data each month – sometimes terabytes (a terabyte is 1,000 GB) per month. The most data-intensive 1% of residential consumers appear to account for roughly 25% of all traffic, the top 3% consume 40%, the top 10% consume 70%, and the top 20% of users consume 80% of all data.
Via:  FCC
Tags:  Broadband, Internet, FCC
Comments
der meister 4 years ago

I would like to think im in the top 10% lol

a750gixr 4 years ago

Okay, so the FCC found out something we all know about. What do they plan on doing about it? Sounds like a lot of B.S. because, they can't do anything to make companies come clean about over selling the internet service they provide.

lonewolf 4 years ago

I always use Speakeasy before the tech leaves my property just to be sure they are on the up and up, and continue checking @ least once a month if nothing else for my piece of mind.

I often wonder how many non tech people actually just take their speeds up and down and just accept their ISP at face value and they wonder why their computer seems sluggish and all along it is their ISP who is lagging.

All I know is USA's internet speeds need to be the fastest in the world because were the best but right know were like one of the worst and I don't like it. Internet companies need to step it up big time. Our Average Speed should be like 100 mbs not 3 mbs that's insanity!

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