Broadband speeds on average are within 80 percent of what major Internet service providers advertise — a big improvement from two years ago, according to a government study.
The Federal Communications Commission studied cable, DSL and fiber-to-the-home services at 13 top U.S. broadband providers.
The agency found Verizon Communications’s fiber network was best at meeting or exceeding advertised maximum download speeds, while Cablevision Systems was the worst.
Overall, the numbers were a big boost from 2009, when data-indicated download speeds were often about half of Internet service providers’ maximum advertised speeds.
“Most major ISPs are providing service close to what they’re advertising,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.
During peak consumer usage hours when networks are busiest, actual download speeds varied from 114 percent to 54 percent of advertised speed.