FCC Releases Study on ISP Quality of Service

The Federal Communications Commission released a report on Friday showing that most broadband providers in the United States deliver service at the speeds they advertise.  According to the report, the speeds average around 97% in relation to what ISPs claim during peak hours.

Comcast, Cablevison, and Verizon’s fiber offerings all met or surpassed their advertised claims.  On the flipside, DSL services from companies such as Frontier, Insight, Centurylink, and Qwest all fell short, only averaging about 80%.

Satellite providers, which are mostly used by those consumers who live in remote rural areas with no other option also preformed very well. As per the report, 90% of satellite Internet customers received access 140% of their advertised speeds.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued the following statement:

“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. To unleash innovation and realize broadband’s full potential, we must continue to see increases in broadband speed and capacity.”

Lastly, the FCC also found that users are paying for higher tiers of service. The average tier is now at 15.6 megabits, up from 14.3 last July.

About Art Lindsey III

Pundit, policy wonk and new media trailblazer, Arthur Lindsey III has been talking politics for more than a decade. With a background in technology and a passion for politics, Art has made it possible to combine the two into a perfect blend of knowledge and opinion, which he is never shy to share. Acquiring a degree in broadcasting in 1997, Art foresaw the coming of Web 2.0, and co-created one of the first podcasting platforms, Blipmedia. Since then he has been delivering quality technological wisdom and political punditry on the web to thousands of listeners and subscribers. He began his Internet broadcasting career in 2000 with a Canadian outlet named Rantmedia, and within a decade, he was co-hosting “Rizwords” – a happy combination of both politics and new technology – with his creative partner Mark Hopkins, and garnering over 100,000 downloads every month. Other podcasts have come and gone over the years, including the popular “Out In Right Field,” an irreverent mix of conservative thought and pop culture. His work with Arts + Labs combines policy writing with tech consulting, from a user perspective. Net neutrality, cloud computing and intellectual property rights are just some of the areas Art covers.