If trends continue as they have for the past few years, it won’t be uncommon for the typical U.S. household to have more smart phones and tablets than laptops and computers. Over Christmas, my family joined that consumer demographic.
On a typical night, it’s not uncommon to find as many as two tablets, three smart phones and three laptops all simultaneously relying on our in-home broadband connection to deliver us the news, answers, photos, videos and songs of choice.
If it weren’t for our consistently reliable (and very fast) fiber-optic broadband connection, I’d be concerned. As a dad of two, I fear the anxious plea of a Now Generation child asking me what’s taking so long for her dance recital songs to download. Fortunately, we’re in good shape with FiOS Internet, even during the peak Internet usage time period of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The story of what American households are doing with their high speed Internet connection makes the just released FCC report on broadband performance worth the read.
As the FCC report shows, every FiOS Internet speed tier delivered more than 100 percent of its advertised and sustained download performance during peak Internet usage periods, differentiating FiOS Internet from most cable company competitors.
The most recent report, based on tests conducted last September, examines the download, upload and latency attributes of some of our nation’s largest Internet service providers. Of particular importance, you’ll see that the FCC included faster speeds in its third Measuring Broadband America study.
The FCC’s findings reaffirm the results from the past FCC broadband performance test, which found that FiOS Internet provides very fast and sustained upstream and downstream speeds as well as low latency even during the peak Internet usage time periods.
Verizon’s faster FiOS Quantum speeds of 50 megabits per second (mbps) and higher will increasingly become what most of our customers use because it provides capacity a step above competing services, as households add and use more Internet-connected devices.
Very soon, you’ll hear more from us about consumers’ desire for faster broadband, and what we’re doing to help customers quickly and affordably upgrade their speed.
Click here to read a statement by John Wimsatt, senior vice president of product development for Verizon’s consumer and mass market business unit, on the FCC’s test results