Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When Broadband Isn't Broadband

image:: Speedtest for Rogers Cable highspeed Internet, downtown Toronto

When it's too slow.

I've been working on a project dealing with the Internet in the Canadian North, i.e., Nunavut and Nunavik, Québec, where the satellite broadband speeds aren't quite up to standards of southern Canada. Well, Rogers here in Toronto is no great shakes, either {above}. A colleague of mine in the Chicagoland office sent me this Endgaget post on a FCC report on the state of broadband in the US, geographically. [FCC report pdf]. The new standards for broadband are 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream::
"...about 68% of reportable Internet access service connections (or 90,963,000 connections) in December 2009 were too slow in both the downstream and upstream directions, or too slow in a single direction, to meet the broadband availability benchmark adopted in the Sixth Broadband Deployment Report."
My Rogers connection in Toronto also doesn't pass muster. Below is a map of households by census track with 768 kbps downstream and 200 kbps upstream.

In other FCC news, the agency is set to vote on net neutrality next week on 21 December. Julius Genachowski has an open Internet proposal, but there's opposition from the left and the right. The political football is over the regulation of broadband and the telcos are surprisingly not categorically against it.

Twitterversion:: [blog] When is broadband not really broadband? FCC report shows 68% of broadband falls short of being truly highspeed @Prof_K

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