Broadband ‘Need for Speed’

After reading a very interesting article on Wired about ‘Broadband 2.0′, it becomes apparent that what we have seen in the last few years is not going to stop anytime soon. Speeds of broadband are escalating, with the average speed reported in the article at 4.8 Mb/s!

A couple of things are amazing about this. The first is that I have faster connection speed than everyone I know, with the exception of two. Those people are lucky enough to have FiOS – installed in the last 2 months. The other amazing thing about this is that apparently some people are getting decent speed with cable. Those I know in this area say cable provides the claimed speed every now and then with no consistent performance.

I’m jealous. I have 3 Mb/s with Verizon and have been told that the 7 Mb/s service available on parts of the Eastern United States will most likely never be available here, yet no time frame for FiOS is given. Oh, it’s coming, but like the tortoise in the fable you just can’t be sure of the star date of its occurrence (what will we see first, our first Klingon, or the FiOS installer?).

On to the meat of the article – the thing that is driving this change for the better is, for once, not the gaming crowd. The many users of YouTube are the motivation for the increase in speed. Mom, Dad, Sis, and Granny just can’t wait to see the latest shenanigans pulled by those happy hucksters posting to the video giant. Also, all the aforementioned members of the family want to join in on the fun, and are not really enthused about the atrocious quality of the video available.

The new speedometer is calibrated for an average speed of 60 Mb/s, as that is what is calculated to give everyone the quality sought in YouTube land. With that down speed a median upload speed of 15 Mb/s, the people uploading can spend more time refining the ideas for their content.

According to the prognosticators at Verizon and Comcast, this hot and fast system should be available to most of us by 2010.

I can hardly wait.

Wired article

[tags] Wired, broadband 2.0, Comcast, Verizon, FiOS, DOCSIS 3.0, DSL [/tags]