According to a report published by the Communications Workers of America labor union, the average download and upload speeds for broadband services across the U.S. have remained relatively unchanged over the past year as the U.S. continues to lag behind other countries in terms of broadband speeds, says CNET.
The report, released Tuesday, Aug. 12, consists of data from 230,000 online speed tests across the U.S. In its Speed Matters blog announcing the study’s results, the group highlighted that the average download speeds increased only 0.4 megabits per second to 2.3Mbps. By contrast, the average download speed in Japan is 63 Mbps and in South Korea the average download speed is 49 Mbps.
As for upload speeds, the average in the U.S. was only 435 kilobits per second.
The CWA is using the report to lobby lawmakers to develop a national broadband policy. Specifically, the union is backing a Senate bill called the Broadband Data Improvement Act (S.1492) that calls for the government to define advanced telecommunications services so that the Federal Communications Commission can more accurately define broadband conditions in the U.S. The union’s president, Larry Cohen, said improving broadband service is critical for the U.S. to remain competitive in the global market…

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