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FCC Tests Broadband Performance Among Large ISPs, Part II

In terms of web performance, the most effective upgrade consumers can make is moving from 1-3 Mbps to 6-10 Mbps broadband. Above 10-12 Mbps, web page load times don't increase in in proportion to broadband speeds. Despite the fact that speeds above 10-12 Mbps have little effect on web page browsing speeds, more people are upgrading from the mid-range tiers than other speeds. more »

FCC Tests Wired Broadband Performance Among Large ISPs, Part I

Although the gap between advertised and actual broadband speeds is closing among US ISPs, there is still a 25-33 percentage point difference between the fastest and slowest providers at identical speed tiers, more »

Rural States Go Wireless

Rural states in the US are adopting wireless technology at a faster clip than urban states. However, our need for speed is being hampered by the slow release of the wireless spectrum. Will spectrum supply keep up with demand? more »

FCC Broadband Report: Higher GDP = Higher Broadband Adoption

The FCC's annual broadband report found a strong correlation between broadband adoption and income. Surprisingly, they did not find a correlation between broadband adoption and education. more »

Study: Two-Thirds of World Mobile Subscribers

Over two-thirds of the world's inhabitants have a mobile subscription, which is driving more Internet users to use wireless broadband connections.Google and the FCC propose higher speed networks to increase competitiveness. more »

Study: Americans Lead World in Broadband Use

The US ranks near the top in Internet usage, and leads the world in total broadband subscribers, according to recent studies. more »

FCC Identifies Broadband Gaps

A Harvard study commissioned by the FCC found that open access to broadband lines through local loop "unbundling" is one key factor in fostering widespread adoption of broadband in the US and other countries. more »

Universal TV White Space Broadband?

The FCC has released the 'white spaces' of unused television spectrum to the public. This ruling opens the way for universal, low-cost broadband access for every American household. more »

YouTube Dwarfs Top Video Sites

YouTube continues to dominate the top ten video sites, with over 77 million viewers in July. The US ranks 15th in broadband speed worldwide behind top-ranking Japan, according to a recent study. more »

US Needs Broadband Czar Says FCC

In order to compete worldwide, the US needs a "broadband czar" to coordinate how government agencies promote broadband. The average broadband speed in the US is more than ten times slower than Japan at four times the cost. more »

Broadband Penetration Grows to 57% in US Homes

Broadband penetration in US households grew to 57% in March 2008. Some 12 percent of consumers 'borrow' free wireless connections, according to a new survey. more »

Survey: Europe to Pass US in Wi-Fi Use

Europe will soon pass the US in wireless usage at current growth rates, according to a recent survey. The FCC has redefined how it measures broadband, more than tripling the defined speed and eliminating the zip-code designation. more »

New Jersey Leads Nation in Broadband Penetration

New Jersey edged out Hawaii for the highest broadband penetration rate in the US. 48.6% of New Jersey residents enjoy broadband, well above the national average of 35.1%. Workplace broadband broke 90% for the first time in July, while video and VOIP traffic surged. more »

Bush Broadband Goal Gored

President Bush's goal of universal broadband access for all Americans by 2007 appears to be in doubt, according to a recent GAO report. Between 42% to 48% of online Americans subscribe to a broadband service, according to two surveys. Among active Internet users, US broadband penetration broke 70% for the first time in April 2006. In Europe, slow adoption among new member states has created a two-speed European Union. more »

FCC Ignores Digital Divide While US Broadband Drops Worldwide

In response to the July FCC broadband report the Free Press concludes that the US is falling behind other countries in broadband speeds and penetration due to market and policy failures. US broadband penetration neared 60% in July 2005. more »

FCC Fudging Broadband Figures?

The FCC's recent broadband penetration report has critics wondering about its accuracy. US broadband penetration jumped 1.36 percentage points to 58.6% in June 2005. more »

US Broadband Penetration Drops to 51.3% Among Active Internet Users

For the first time, US broadband penetration decreased among active Internet users in September 2004. In an effort to boost US broadband penetration the FCC Thursday approved rules governing broadband over power lines. more »

US Broadband Penetration Grows to 48.6%

US broadband penetration grew by 0.74 points to 48.6% in May. Broadband penetration for US home users should break 50% by July 2004. Meanwhile, broadband penetration in wired US households should break 50% by summer 2005. more »
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