Via a new PC Magazine study, cable has once again shown to deliver the fastest broadband speeds to the most homes across the US. Cox, Comcast and Charter take the first three spots, with other cable operators not far behind. As we’ve noted previously, cable broadband is available to 93% of U.S. households, offering speeds of 5 Mbps or faster to more than 90% of U.S. households
Over the past 15 years, cable has invested more than $170 billion to upgrade networks, add new equipment and improve next-generation networks. From this significant investment, consumers are reaping the benefits of the fastest speeds to connect with family, telecommute or download an HD movie for their next trip.
But cable is not stopping here. Operators are continuing to invest and deploy the latest technology for even faster speeds to even more homes. As we said in an earlier post, Comcast announced in April that it is offering 105 Mbps service to 40 million homes. At year-end 2010, speeds of 50 Mbps or faster were available to more than 80 million homes by cable operators. SNL Kagan notes that ultra-fast wideband service – with speed tiers that exceed 100 Mbps – should reach 94 million homes by the end of 2011.
Most importantly, cable’s customers are pleased with these faster speeds and reliable networks. A June 2010 FCC survey showed that 91 percent of subscribers are satisfied with the speed of their broadband service.