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Windows 7: Two-thirds of Americans surf the Web at less than 10Mbps


29 Jan 2014   #1

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Two-thirds of Americans surf the Web at less than 10Mbps

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Despite Internet speed improvements in nearly every state, most US residents are still surfing the Web at less than 10Mbps, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report.

Drawing data from Akamai's globally distributed network of servers, the report covering Q3 2013 put the US in 9th place worldwide in the proportion of residents with "high broadband," or at least 10Mbps average download speeds:
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30 Jan 2014   #2

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Hi there
Casual surfing doesn't need very fast Internet speeds -- Watching things like HD movies does -- so I suppose it depends on what you mean by "surfing" the net.

Even remote home working to a lot of Office back end applications doesn't require superfast Internet speeds either (unless a lot of multi-media content at HD quality is being streamed).

A lot of the "Super fast" speeds advertised are basically just marketing hype -- rather like the old Mega pixel race in Digital cameras.

My problem with a lot of the current providers is that it's usually an "all or nothing" type package irrespective of what you really need -- for instance I'd be quite happy with slowish (say 3 - 5 mb) speed Mon to Fri -- but at weekend I'd want as fast as I can get for movie downloads etc etc -- especially if this type of access was offered at a cheap price.

Fortunately most of our packages in Europe are essentially Unlimited Bandwidth - which is far from the case in the USA == no point in having a 50 mb Internet speed if you only have say a 50GB download limit !!!

I rather suspect that most people would also prefer an unlimited bandwidth type of plan even if it wasn't as fast as the latest mega fast stuff - but choice is sometimes limited.

Decent 4G speeds these days in any case reduce a lot of people's reliance on traditional Internet access --especially as it's simple to use your smartphone as an Internet access point for your PC --which would be a lot faster than a slow conventional connection --especially with unlimited 4G data plans.

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jimbo
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30 Jan 2014   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
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Even remote home working to a lot of Office back end applications doesn't require superfast Internet speeds either (unless a lot of multi-media content at HD quality is being streamed).

Cheers
jimbo
I have been trying to convince the powers that be at work of this very fact. My efforts seem to be futile though, just considering what one could save in fuel - lost travel time - road rage.
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30 Jan 2014   #4

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I only surf under 10Mbps because there is no faster service in my area or else I would. Only have dsl in my area . I would have to move to town if I wanted better service. Not that far from town like barely on the outside area even some schools near by yet they don't have any faster service so i'm stuck with att dsl and can't even upgrade to say like u-verse if i wanted to and comcast is too expensive. So we're stuck with dsl until we move or they bring service over here.
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30 Jan 2014   #5

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The way I looks at it is you're lucky to have DSL. I'm out in the sticks without so much as cable TV. I was on dialup until about six years ago when my ISP offered a wireless setup. I had checked on satellite but it was just too expensive and dies if a puffy cloud goes over. I went with the wireless. I get 2.5-3Mbs on downloads and about 1-1.5Mbs upload depending on how many folks are on the tower server. There's nothing else available here. Dang lucky to have indoor plumbing.

I think the network should be limited to 5Mbs for everyone until rural areas get the same benefits as the city-slickers.
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30 Jan 2014   #6

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

I surf at less than 10Mbps (my service is rated 4up/4down) because it is the fastest available where I live. It isn't cheap either, $138 month. I work from home and I don't have any problems doing my work, accessing remote servers in other states or even other countries. I only recently got upgraded to 4Mbps, used to have only a 1.5Mbps connection.

I can stream Netflix and the like at full HD as well. While I'd like to have a faster connection, 4Mbps is fast enough for what I need to do.
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30 Jan 2014   #7

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Seeing as I don't download allot of stuff I really don't see the need to pay for the high speeds,
I'm happy with what ever I have which does not effect daily surfing anyway nor does it effect youtube vid's so it's fast enough,
But I down graded u-verse standard speed to I believe 7kbs ? what ever the slowest was ?
DSL was fine with me before u-verse so I'm not picky on the matter,
Cheers.
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30 Jan 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
... But I down graded u-verse standard speed to I believe 7kbs ? what ever the slowest was ...
I hope you have a connection faster than 7kbps, that's much slower than dialup which is around 50kbps.
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30 Jan 2014   #9

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LOL yea I believe it's 3mbps my bad I had to check the their website oops
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30 Jan 2014   #10

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