Despite its early role in shaping the Internet, the U.S. consistently remains in the spotlight for having slower average broadband rates than a number of other countries. And with so many of the advanced Internet services thought to be coming soon requiring, ever-increasing amounts of bandwidth, it’s little wonder that policymakers are studying how to tackle the problem of slow U.S. Internet access.
The issue, along with occasional complaints from users, has also prompted questions about whether most Americans are getting what they paid for from their broadband provider.
But as it turns out, most U.S. residents don’t know how fast their Internet connection is, and thus far, many don’t seem to mind. Datamation takes a look.
While most Americans are generally satisfied with their broadband service, four out of five don’t know how fast their connection is, according to a new survey by the Federal Communications Commission.
That uncertainty adds to the confusion that already shrouds the FCC’s efforts to obtain reliable data about the actual upload and download speeds ISPs deliver to subscribers, which can vary significantly from the advertised rates.