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Broadband Speed Offerings on the Rise in the US
Source: telecompaper.com
Source Date: Friday, December 02, 2016
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: United States
Created: Dec 05, 2016

Broadband speed offerings to the average US consumer continue to increase at a rapid pace, and broadband service providers generally are delivering actual speeds that meet or exceed advertised speeds, according  to the Federal Communications Commission's 'Measuring Broadband America' report.

However, the report's results are not uniform across technologies. The report finds a growing disparity in advertised download speeds between many DSL-based broadband services and most cable- and fibre-based broadband services. Average DSL speeds increased only slightly over the past five years and satellite speeds, over a shorter time interval, have remained constant. 

The FCC noticed a significant growth in advertised broadband speeds available to consumers, though the results are not uniform across technologies. The median download speed, averaged across all participating ISPs, has almost quadrupled, from approximately 10 Mbps in March 2011, to approximately 39 Mbps in September 2015. The maximum advertised download speed among the most popular service tiers using cable technologies, increased from 20-30 Mpbs in March 2011 to 100-300 Mpbs in September 2015.
According to other report findings, actual speeds experienced by most consumers meet or exceed advertised speeds; consumers with access to faster services continue to migrate to higher service tiers and latency and packet loss vary by technologies.
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