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

optodoofus 12/5/2012 | 2:58:09 PM
re: Broadband Ups & Downs You don't hear about it because high speed uplink is of little value to the average person. I am sure some people on this board will object to this characterization. Nevertheless, I contend that the bulk of the Internet users could care less about their upload speed.


P.S. I still don't need 100 Mbps to my house, either.
Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 2:58:04 PM
re: Broadband Ups & Downs but the way they market broadband services to the average joe shmo is these commercials of friends sending photos and video to each other. Well, doesn't someone have to upload those in order for them to be "downloaded within seconds"? I agree that uploads arent of as much value as downloads are, but with the way they market the service, I think they should have placed more importance on it earlier.
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