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FCC: Consumers get half of advertised broadband speed

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Nick, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

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    The...
    "The maximum advertised speed ignores
    network congestion, underperforming
    computers and routers, Web sites and
    applications that aren't optimized."
    - FCC


    Although the subject of advertised broadband speeds vs actual speeds has been discussed in these forums, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published the results of a comprehensive study that highlights, in detail, the who, what and why of disparities between advertised ISP speed claims and the collective experience of actual users.

    While there is nothing new or world-shaking contained in the FCC paper, there is much information which may be of interest to users who seek to maximize their Internet experience. Most importantly, that the FCC has recognized, studied, and published an in-depth paper on the disparities, I interpret as a sign that, at long last, the agency, along with the Federal Trade Commission, is set to call offending ISPs to task.

    More @ ComputerWorld.com

    FCC Report: Broadband Performance
     
  2. BattleZone

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    My response (to the FCC):

    Well, DUH!

    That's why it is advertised as the MAXIMUM speed, not the average or continuous speed.
     
  3. LarryFlowers

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    Wonder how much the FCC paid to figure this out.. we could have told them for free...
     
  4. Marlin Guy

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    This freeway was built for traffic to move along at 50-60 mph.

    [​IMG]

    Perhaps the DOT should hire the FCC geniuses to figure out why each driver isn't getting the maximum rated speed. :lol:
     
  5. olguy

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    !rolling
     
  6. matt

    matt New Member

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    Hell, this goes back to dialup. My 36.6 modem always connected to AOL at 14.4. :nono:
     
  7. durl

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    That's a finalist for post of the year. :D

    But don't give the DOT any ideas!!! They'll spend billions for such a study!
     
  8. Lee L

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    Well, given the fact that the sky is gray and all I see are headlights on both sides, I would say this is a hurricane evacuation.
     
  9. billsharpe

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    Good catch, Lee! :D
     
  10. Marlin Guy

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    Seriously. Not everyone knows how to right click an image. :grin:
     
  11. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    Well, if you want to get modem-technical:

    14.4K was actually 12.8K after communications overhead.
    56K was 53.3K, same deal.
    Your 36K modem wouldn't connect to AOL at anything over 14.4 because they simply didn't have the 36.6 modems. I don't remember (never had it) but I thought they went from 14.4 to 56k.

    In short, that was a hardware compatibility thing. This isn't.
     
  12. Nick

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  13. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    26.4k with overhead.

    I went from a 1200 baud modem right to a 14.4 and it was like...well, 14.4 to broadband. :p
     

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