FCC: U.S. Broadband Speeds Up 22%
December 3, 2016
By BTR Staff
The FCC has released the results of its ongoing nationwide performance study of consumers’ fixed broadband Internet access service in its sixth ‘Measuring Broadband America’ report. Median downstream speeds are up 22% from last year and nearly 400% from 2011, the report says.
This year’s report indicates that broadband speed offerings to the average consumer continue to increase at a rapid pace, and broadband service providers generally are delivering actual speeds that meet or exceed advertised speeds. However, as in previous years, results are not uniform across technologies. The report indicates a growing disparity in advertised downstream speeds between many DSL-based broadband services and most cable- and fiber-based broadband services. Average DSL speeds have increased only slightly over the past five years and satellite speeds, over a shorter time interval, have remained constant.