Thursday, July 19, 2012

FCC's Measuring Broadband Performance Sees Improvements

There have been measurable improvements by ISPs in meeting their advertised speeds, according to a new Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S. that was issued by the FCC.
<> ISPs generally achieved these gains by improvements in network performance, and not downward adjustments to the speed tiers offered. There was also a significant increase in the actual average speed delivered by participating ISPs to their customers over the past year.

The data for the report was generated by a software app deployed in the homes of thousands of volunteer consumers who conducted automated, direct measurements of broadband performance. The connections were DSL, cable and fiber.

The report finds that differences among ISPs in their ability to deliver advertised speeds are now narrowing.

In addition, the report notes a steady migration of consumers to higher speed services, and an encouraging upgrade cycle by ISPs to boost the performance of their service tiers and introduce even faster offerings. 19-Jul-12

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