FCC: Consumers Get Half of Advertised Broadband Speed

Wednesday Aug 18th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

ISPs that advertise speeds up to 7 Mbps actual deliver 3 or 4 Mbps.

Network World: The Federal Communications Commission says that ISPs that advertise speeds "up to" a certain level are misleading consumers. For example, ISPs that advertise connections up to 7 or 8 Mbps typically deliver 3 or 4 Mbps. "This 'up to' speed is commonly the only metric that can be used to compare the speeds of different broadband offerings. The 'up to' speed, however, does not provide an accurate measure of likely end-user broadband experience," says the FCC report.

The report also reveals that the top 1 percent of residential users account for 25 percent of traffic; the top 10 percent account for 70 percent of traffic.

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