Over Two-Thirds of U.S. Broadband Internet Connections Aren't Technically Broadband

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A recent report by the FCC shows that more than two-thirds of so-called broadband internet connections in the U.S. don't actually meet the minimum speed requirements of 4Mbps downtream and 1Mbps upstream to be considered broadband.

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In real terms, this means that over 90 million people in the US are linked up with substandard broadband service. Furthermore, 56% of those connections didn't even reach downstream speeds above 3Mbps. DSL Reports believes it has something to do with the lack of competition among broadband providers, allowing them to cruise by without upgrading their networks.

You can read the entire report here. [FCC via DSL Reports via Engadget]

DISCUSSION

We have a few different options here. Time Warner Cable, Cincinnati Bell (the local phone company), and Verizon Fios. Fios is only available in certain areas, though. And Cincinnati Bell is pretty slow, since I'm pretty sure it uses the phone line. It might not even be technically broadband. So Time Warner is the only decent choice. We have 15 down and .5 up, I believe. The .5 up is the max that TWC gives, and is the same at lower down speeds. I don't know why there is such a huge difference, but it makes share ratios difficult.