Once again, the FCC has put a wide range of Internet service providers to the test to see whether or not they are delivering on the speeds they advertise to customers. And while it the majority of ISPs are not far off, with a few actually over-delivering, some still have a way to go.
The above chart doesn’t indicate which of the ISPs was fastest or slowest, merely how each ISP fared in delivering the speeds promised in its advertising to consumers. So while you can’t look at it and say that Cablevision provides a faster service than AT&T, you can use this info to decide how willing you are to accept a company’s advertising claims.
The chart at the bottom of this post shows in greater detail the actual sustained download speeds per tier per provider.
This is the first time that the FCC has included a satellite broadband provider in its Measuring Broadband report, and ViaSat, which we told you about when we got a hands-on demo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, made a pretty good rookie showing. Not only did it deliver speeds faster than the advertised 12 mbps downstream that ViaSat advertises, it had the highest actual/advertised ratio of all the ISPs in the study.
“While latency for satellites necessarily remains much higher than for terrestrial services,” writes the FCC, “with the improvements afforded by the new technology we find that it will support many types of popular broadband services and applications.”
Here is the per-provider, per-tier breakdown of actual sustained download speeds:
You can check out the full test results and report Here.
Source: The Consumerist
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project obtained readings on some of the most popular cell phone activities among adults in nationally representative phone surveys in the spring and summer.
It’s no secret that the use of cell phones has become so common place, that people, like myself, use them to do just about everything throughout the day. Because cell phones now have the capabilities to accomplish these tasks.
So naturally the number of people who own a cell phone has increased and so has the number of people that use their devices to do much more than make phone calls. Cell phones have become a portal for an ever-growing list of activities. Fully 85% of American adults own and use their cell phones in various ways.
These results come from two Pew Internet tracking surveys:
- • One was conducted between August 7-September 6. 2012 with 3,014 American adults (ages 18+). Among them were 2,581 the cell phone owners and the margin of error in the survey for findings among cell owners is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.
• The second survey was conducted between March 15-April 3, 2012 among 2,254 adults, including 1,954 cell owners, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
Both surveys were conducted on landline and cell phones and in English and Spanish.
Read the full Report Here (PDF)
Breakdown of survey chart:
2010: 76% of users
Now: 82% of users
2007: 58% of users
Now: 80% of users
Accessing the Internet:
2008: 25% of users
Now: 56% of users
Send and Receive Email:
2007: 19% of users
Now: 50% of users
2007: 18% of users
Now: 44% of users
2009: 22% of users
Now: 43% of users
Look for Health Information:
2010: 17% of users
Now: 31% of users
Check Bank Account:
2011: 18% of users
Now: 29% of users