From the files of the Sad but Totally Expected Department: The US Federal Communications Commission is out with a new report (direct PDF link) that suggests that the average US consumer gets a good deal less bandwidth than nearly every broadband provider advertises as their “up to” speed – as in “Get up to 10 Mbps downloads!” (You can see the average percentages for each broadband speed tier above).
This initial study used mass network data, but the agency is now installing boxes in homes to get a better look at what consumers really get, versus what’s advertised.
Is your own connection a far cry from your advertised speed? What kind of variation do you see in network speeds throughout the day? [Ars Technica]
Republished from Lifehacker.