Your internet slow? Check out the FCC’s study of real data speeds vs advertised speeds by broadband ISPs


The Federal Communications Commission has released its latest report on broadband ISPs in the US. The report contains some very interesting data on the the FCC’s analysis of real data speeds being provided to customers compared to the speeds being advertised by their service providers.

The download speed data provided in the chart below comes from September 2012. BGR notes that unfortunately, the performance of the ISPs has strayed further from their advertised speeds when compared to the July 2012 data. When it comes to peak hours, 8 out of the 15 major ISPs failed to match their advertised speeds, but the 3 ISPs that did match or even exceed their advertised numbers fell short.


As shown in the graph below, the US ISPs fared much better when it came to upload speeds, with only 4 out of the 15 falling short of their advertised speeds.


Overall top performer was ViaSat/Exede, with Cablevision and Verizon providing the second best download speeds (when compared to what they advertised). As for the best upload performance, Frontier and Comcast provided speeds closest to what they advertised.

Do you get your advertised speed at home? Or at least something close to it? Let us know in the comments!

[via BGR, FCC, image via Dave Crosby]

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  • DoktorThomas

    Mediacom needs an interruption footnote if the values above are remotely accurate. Speeds vary widely based on time of day; frequent stops and/or interruptions of i-service are common (and cable TV). Used to bemoan Time-Warner; wish they were here. I-service in the Twin Cities, USA, is above average. The insightful local leaders allow multiple providers; competition is good for consumers and service quality.

  • Dropped Comcast 2 years ago for hours and hours of outages. Was usually in the evenings, and was told it was my Linksys modem. Yeah, right. I’ve had CenturyLink DSL for 2 years now. The first 6 months was a joke. Was getting less than 3 Mbps d/l on 3 computers – forget streaming. Kept calling, talking to sups; they insisted I swap out routers (twice) through the local mall and mail–same model. No firmware updates available. Had 2 techs out to my home who ran off telling me (as I ran, instead of “their site”) that I live in “an ADSL (not fiber) area.” Finally, talked to a tech out of a 2-tech office in Boise, ID, who did something–can’t remember, and I’ve been streaming at around 6 ever since. Paying about $70 a month – no other reasonable choices in my area. Really ridiculous!

  • Seamus McSeamus

    I average around 7 Mbps from Centurylink on an advertised plan of 10 From Time Warner I averaged around 5 Mbps on a 10 Mbps connection. Granted, I lived in a suburban city of 100,000 when I had TW, compared to a small town of 1200 now, so obviously there isn’t the congestion problem I had previously.

  • Coyote

    [@Craig] That would be great if there were one standard speed and it became a right to access the internet.

  • Mike

    Nice report, but now is the FTC or FCC going to do anything about it? The ultimate users can’t . . . .

  • Craig

    These graphs are a joke. We have Century Link. We are signed up for 10 Mbps service and are usually lucky to see 3 Mbps in the evenings. Last night was a record at 0.3 Mbps. My wife calls in every month to complain and we get a partial refund but we don’t want a refund we want decent service. I have talked to technical support and they claim that they are in the process of upgrading their equipment but are having trouble acquiring the necessary right of way. My wife has talked with others near us and they are experiencing issues. The US needs to take back the public utilities from the private oligopolies so we could have service similar to the first world countries. Private companies are only efficient at extracting the maximum amount of money for least amount of product.