A Clear Winner in Fixed Broadband: The USA


The level of penetration of broadband internet in the United States cannot be compared to the countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Be that as it may, the U.S market has experienced renewed vigor in the deployment of mobile networks that work on broadband, fiber optics, technology and HFC upgrades. Investment of fiber optics is primarily being done by a notable population of small players and other municipalities. This is in contrary to the expectation of many that Verizon and AT & T would take up the role of initiating the roll out of broadband networks. Be that as it may, various internet service providers have taken it upon themselves to improve the speed of the internet service that they provide to their clients so as retain a larger market share and customer loyalty. The speed of the internet service being offered by various providers has therefore increased in the recent past, according to the data that was released by Speed test.

The speed of mobile internet was also said to have increased even though the increase was lower than the anticipated level. The download speed from mobile devices was 19.61 Mbps which represented an increase of 33% while the upload speed was 7.94 Mbps representing an increase of 7.4%.

The same research company, Speed Test, also gave a ranking to the internet service providers in terms of upload and download speed. It is necessary to note that the higher the download and upload speed, the better the services made available to all the customers. A customer is the final winner even after the market wars being experienced amongst internet service providers.

The internet is such a powerful and effective tool that it is almost impossible to survive without it. Internet service providers in the United States have realized this and they are competing to outdo each other as far as market share is concerned.

By June 2016, the average speed of downloading a file from fixed broadband was said to be 54.97 Mbps. This was almost a 50% increase compared to similar period the previous year. The speed of uploading a file was reported to be 18.88 Mbps, and this represented a 51% increase.

If a customer pays up a certain subscription and the internet service provider is not in a position to provide the said speed, the money should be refunded so that the customer can benefit elsewhere.

[Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation]

In the recent past, we have seen the entry of Netflix in the area of providing internet to various organizations and individuals as well. This was received with mixed reactions, but once Netflix paid the required subscription so as to be allowed to transact the internet business, a majority of the customers have suffered slow internet speeds. It was during the same period that companies such as Comcast and Verizon declined to upgrade their internet connections citing unfair competition.

A majority of the Internet Service Providers did not deliver on the promised speeds to their clients.

 No wonder it was said that a company is obliged to deliver on any promise it makes to its client.


ISPs that promise paradise and deliver hell to their clients should be made to face disciplinary action to make sure that provision of internet service is done by companies in a fair manner.

In the ideal world, the congestion of customers fighting for fast internet is almost a nightmare. Customers should have speedy internet regardless of the company they visit, since the broadband is the same. However, no one lives in an ideal world. We live in a world where competition is real and we have to appreciate that companies have to compete for their clients. You do not expect an internet service provider to cede the market share to the competitor.

Internet service providers are known to make huge profits owing to the enormous amounts they charge per month. This has reduced in the recent past due to the entry of new companies as well as the entry fiber optic cable. The fiber optic network has made it easier to access internet. Be that as it may, there is no internet service provider that can sign a commercially unfeasible contract.


Dialup connection

This is a type of connection that uses the line of a phone, and it leads to the creation of a temporary link to the global internet. Since this mode operates on a singular line, it has the poorest quality of service that you can ever use. This is because it makes the line a monopoly, hence turning the speed of the internet to an all-time low. The rural areas have no other internet infrastructure and they mainly make use of the dial-up connection. The existing network for telephones is deemed to be the platform in which the connection works. The maximum speed that the connection can get is 56 Kbit/s. This is due to the fact that the connections are made from a modem that can only allow up to 56 Kilobits. As we approached mid-2000s, dial-up technology became obsolescent in the majority of the industrialized countries.


Broadband connection

This type makes use of an array of technologies and speeds, all of which contribute to making it the fastest means of accessing the internet. In the past, the term broadband was being used to refer to some technicalities in the computer world, but this has since changed to refer to fast internet speed. If you are on a broadband connection, you will always be connected and there will be no need to hang up or dial. Moreover, the connection does not cartelize telephones lines. Some of the well-known types of broadband connections are Digital Subscriber Lines, Satellite Internet Access, and Cable Internet Access among others.
In the United States, the rate of using the internet varies from one state to another.