ISPs Providing Faster Broadband Speeds: FCC
An FCC report shows broadband service providers are offering faster Internet speeds and more accurate bandwidth indicators.Internet service providers have significantly improved the accuracy in actual versus advertised speeds during the past year, and consumers are subscribing to faster speed tiers and receiving faster speeds than ever before, according to the Federal Communications Commissions second Measuring Broadband America report, a nationwide performance study of residential wireline broadband service. The July report, which reflects data collected from participating broadband providers in April 2012, found significant improvement in the accuracy of broadband providers promises of performance and the speed tier and receiving of faster broadband speeds. The FCC report found that the average speed tier that consumers were subscribing to increased from 11.1M bps to 14.3 M bps, an almost 30 percent increase in just one year. During the time period measured for the July 2012 report, the advertised download speed accuracy level rose to 96 percent, up from 87 percent from the prior year.
Millions of Americans have improved broadband performance. This is good news for consumers and the economy, but we need to keep pushing for faster broadband speeds and greater capacity, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in prepared remarks. Bandwidth abundance is essential to driving innovation and unleashing the benefits of broadband, including increased education, health care and job-creation opportunities across the country.