“Faster broadband has brought untold benefits to millions of Americans — from distance learning to distance healthcare," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. "This is good news for consumers and the economy, but we can’t be satisfied. To unleash innovation and realize broadband’s full potential, we must continue to see increases in broadband speed and capacity.”
Satellite Internet providers performed especially well in the study. Satellite Internet users, many of whom live in rural areas with no other broadband options, experience especially high latency. But the commission found that 90 percent of satellite users received at least 140 percent of the advertised speed of 12 Megabits per second (Mbps).
The FCC also found that consumers are increasingly paying for faster tiers of broadband. The average speed tier that consumers subscribe to increased from 14.3 Mbps in the July 2012 report to 15.6 MBps.
The report released on Friday was based on data collected last September.