Consumers Reap Benefits of Faster Broadband

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(The Hosting News) – Migration to higher speed tiers for broadband is allowing more consumers to reap the benefits of technology, a new FCC report signaled Friday.

The latest data comes as part of the Commission’s regular reporting via its “Measuring Broadband in America” initiative.

The FCC says broadband companies were either meeting or exceeding advertised speeds.

“Faster broadband has brought untold benefits to millions of Americans – from distance learning to distance healthcare. This is good news for consumers and the economy, but we can’t be satisfied,” commented FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a release.

Among the results dating back to August of 2011, the FCC noted 87% of the broadband providers maintained accurate download speeds. After July 2012, the accuracy increased to 97%.

The Commission also noted that migration to broadband had moved to 15.6 Mbps – up from the previous reporting of 14.3 Mbps. “Nearly half of consumers who subscribed to speeds of less than 1 Mbps six months ago have adopted higher speeds, and nearly a quarter of the users who subscribed to speeds between 1 Mbps and 3 Mbps have upgraded to faster speed tiers,” stated the FCC.

Lastly, the FCC noted broadband had become better in the area of satellite technology services.

The Commission previously announced in September of last year that it would start measuring broadband speeds in the mobile industry via a partnership with Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.

Consumers Reap Benefits of Faster Broadband

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