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US gains Internet speeds, but gaps remain: Regulator

Published on Jun 19, 2014 6:47 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Americans enjoyed improved Internet connections over the past year, but some providers were inconsistent or fell short of delivering advertised speeds, the US telecom regulator said on Wednesday.

The Federal Communications Commission said in its fourth annual “measuring broadband” report that consumers continued to migrate to higher tiers of service – an average of 21.2 megabits per second in 2013, based on advertised speeds, up from 15.6 Mbps in 2012.

But the FCC said speeds were not up to advertised levels. Only half the companies delivered 90 per cent or better of advertised speed, and several delivered less than 60 percent of the promised speed.

“Consumers deserve to get what they pay for,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said.

 
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