The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the results of their broadband speed and reliability tests for residential service today, and found that Verizon FiOS was the clear leader when it came to reliably delivering advertised speeds. In fact, the company consistently delivers faster than advertised speeds, which is why FiOS Quantum Internet service rates so highly among consumers.
Called the “Measuring Broadband America February 2013”, it is the third broadband report prepared by the FCC and SamKnows, which is an independent broadband speed measuring firm. The latest series of tests were conducted this past September, which included the speed and performance of the top 14 Internet service providers in the country.
The report tested Verizon’s FiOS Quantum speed tiers of 50/25 Mbps and 75/35 Mbps, which according to the report, proved to be everything it was advertised. Said John Wimsatt, Senior VP of product development for Verizon’s consumer and mass market business unit: “As the FCC report showed, 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 FCC’s findings reaffirm the results from the past two FCC broadband performance tests, which found that FiOS Internet provides blazing-fast and sustained upstream and downstream speeds as well as low latency, even during the peak Internet usage time periods of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time.
“FiOS Quantum speeds of 50 Mbps or 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 tablets, laptops, video game consoles, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, streaming video services and smartphones.
“While the number of Internet-connected devices grows, so too does the amount of time that consumers use those devices simultaneously, boosting their demand for not only fast downloads and uploads but also consistent and reliable performance at all times of the day. Consistently faster Internet service helps consumers get more value from all the Internet-connected devices they’re using.”
How will the competing ISPs respond to this favorable report on Verizon FiOS? Fortunately for their competitors and unfortunately for many consumers, the results of the FCC’s speed report are moot if Verizon FiOS is simply not available in certain areas. There’s no reason for local internet service to get any faster if the major ISPs don’t want to expand their network to cover underserved areas.
However, for major cities and areas that do have a choice between multiple ISPs, the latest report is a confirmation of the advantages that a pure fiber network has to offer. This is great publicity for Verizon’s FiOS division, which might even encourage the company to continue building out its network to cover previously underserved areas. The more territories Verizon serves, the more likely it is for competing ISPs to have to raise their speed and performance just to compete—which would be a good thing for consumers and the state of high speed broadband internet in general.