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February 17, 2013

Download speeds to reach 100Mbps by 2020 in US

Download speed averaged 15.6 Mbps in 2013

By CBR Staff Writer

About 100 million homes in the US are expected to achieve download speeds of 50Mbps by 2015, and 100 Mbps by 2020, according to a report by the US Federal Communications Commission.

The report named ‘Measuring Broadband America’ revealed that the increase in the availability and adoption of faster speed tiers is expected to drive the speeds of the broadband.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that faster broadband has brought untold benefits to millions of Americans – from distance learning to distance healthcare.

"To unleash innovation and realize broadband’s full potential, we must continue to see increases in broadband speed and capacity," Genachowski said.

According to the report, in 2013 the Internet Service providers (ISP) delivered about 97% of advertised speeds during peak periods, with one provider increased actual performance speeds by 13% compared to the previous report.

The report found that the average speed tier subscribed to by consumers increased from 14.3Mbps to 15.6 Mbps in 2013, which includes about half of consumers who adopted higher speeds against the speeds of less than 1Mbps in the last six months.

Improvements of the satellite broadband technology have resulted in the 90% of satellite consumers receiving 140% or better of the advertised speed of 12Mbps during peak periods.

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