Cablevision, Verizon Among Top Performers in FCC Broadband Report

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Cablevision, Comcast, Mediacom and Verizon  all deliver download Internet speeds that are at least as fast as they advertise, according to an annual broadband report released Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission.

The comprehensive report on U.S. consumer wireline broadband performance divulged that the Internet industry has made significant improvements over last year in matching expectations to realities. In 2011, ISPs only delivered 87 percent of the advertised download speeds during times of peak usage; that figure rose to 96 percent in 2012, according to the report.

Comcast, Cablevision and Verizon are delivering download speeds that actually exceed those advertised, the FCC revealed. New York-based Cablevision has made the bigger improvement with a download speed that is 120 percent of the advertised speed. That figure is up from a modest 54 percent the prior year.

Although most the ISPs studied in the report made improvements over 2011, there were a few exceptions. Windstream, for instance, is delivering 84 percent of advertised download speeds, which is slightly down from 85 percent in 2011, according to the FCC. Frontier's actual download delivery as a percentage of advertised speeds also fell from 81 percent in 2011 to 79 percent.

Overall, however, the results showed that Americans are more likely these days to obtain the broadband speeds that are advertised.

"The bottom line of this Report is that millions of Americans have better broadband performance this year than they did last year," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

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