Broadband Ups & Downs
12:30 PM -- Here's an oldie but a goodie: I asked the elevator operator this morning how his job was going. He said, "It has its ups and downs." Hahahahahahahaha!
OK, now get ready for the worst segue into a relevant topic ever...
Broadband services have their ups and downs as well -- that is, uploads and downloads. And, until recently, there were a lot more downs than ups. The main focus when increasing bandwidth to customers has always seemed to be on download speeds, with hardly any love given to upload speeds, which for the most part are still rather pedestrian at under 1 Mbit/s.
The Internet is a two-way street, and I feel that, while the downstream is usually more important to customers, being able to upload large files quickly is pretty important as well. That's why I'm surprised how relatively little attention has been given to the significant improvements that have been made in uploads lately. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) now offers 20-Mbit/s uploads on FiOS. Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) started offering 5 Mbit/s last year with an expensive $200 a month option for 50 Mbit/s. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) offers 2-Mbit/s uploads and this year began offering a service that increases the speed when large uploads are detected.
This all happened very quickly after years of uploads typically ranging from 384 kbit/s to 768 kbit/s. Why does no one seem to care?
— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading