Speed test: FCC ranks the nation's wireline Internet providers


FCC broadband availability 2011The FCC this week released the results of its first nationwide test of residential wireline broadband service. One of the major drivers of the report, "Measuring Broadband America," is to educate consumers on not only helping to expand broadband services, but to help consumers understand what broadband options are available.  

Prior to the release of this report, a recent FCC survey found that 80 percent of consumers did not know what speed they purchased from their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Another 49 percent of consumers who participated in the new study weren't able to accurately say how fast the broadband connection they got from their provider was.

First proposed in the FCC's National Broadband Plan, the report provides recommendations on how to provide greater clarity and competition to the U.S. broadband market. In the study, the FCC measured the speed and performance of broadband services delivered to the home.

Here's a snapshot of the 10 major charts from the FCC's "Measuring Broadband America" report. These charts look at various metrics of all of the major broadband service providers (both cable and telco), including: actual versus advertised speeds, sustained download speeds, upload speeds, and latency.

To get a copy of the FCC's report click here. (PDF)

Speed test: FCC ranks the nation's wireline Internet providers

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