Do You KNow Your Broadband Speed?

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Do You KNow Your Broadband Speed?

I think my cable modem from BHN is 7MB x 1MB but not sure that it what they promise, best effort or what I guess it is. I'm not alone.

"Four out of five home broadband users (80%) say they do not know the speed of their home internet connection. That is, when asked to specify their home internet connection speed, described as "the download or downstream speed of your connection per second," the vast majority of home broadband users in the United States cannot identify it. This figure, from the FCC's April-May 2010 national random digit dial telephone survey, is essentially the same captured by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2006, when 81% of broadband users said they did not know their home connection speed", the FCC reported.

"The question on home broadband speed asked respondents to specify their home connection speed, if they knew it. Home broadband users said the following about their download speeds:"

  • 4% said it is 20 megabits per second (Mbps) or more
  • 4% said it is between 10 Mbps and 20 Mbps
  • 4% said it is between 3 Mbps and 6 Mbps
  • 4% said it is between 768 kilobits/sec and 3 Mbps
  • 3% said it is between 6 Mbps and 10 Mbps ·
  • 1% said it is less than 768 kilobits per second

Cell phone data speeds faired about the same in consumer opinion, according to the report.

Tips for Getting the Speed You Need from the FCC Consumer Task Force: here.



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