How're you enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're sad? Can't imagine why | 7/19/2019 | Staff
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Analysis American internet users are, seemingly, getting a quarter of the internet speed they are paying for.

That's the upshot of yet another survey, this time in the US state of Georgia, that demonstrates that American consumers are being institutionally lied to about their broadband.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution hired a data specialist to do a statewide study of what internet users were really getting when it comes to broadband. After compiling readings from over 380,000 individual users across the state, the results were even worse than expected: internet users are getting just 6.3 Mbps on average despite official US government statistics saying the figure was four times higher at 25Mbps.

That is critical not just because it means people have to wait longer to download information from the internet but because the entire structure of oversight that is designed to make sure there is adequate broadband across the US is built around the 25Mbps figure.

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It's worse than that however: people pay for a 25Mbps service and often make that decision based on their needs, deciding not to pay more for a faster service. But then they receive speeds that are inadequate for their needs. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution uses as one example a trucker who is unable to complete coursework for a truck-driving training course he is taking because his home internet service is simply too slow.

The survey went to some lengths to make sure its findings can't be undercut by cable industry lobbyists. For example, average speed in specific neighborhoods was calculated for every IP address where the latitude and longitude of the IP address was inside the neighborhood. The averages were then averaged together to find the total for that neighborhood.

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That careful and in-depth approach to calculating internet speeds stands in stark contrast to the system and methods used by the cable...
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