Cable modem speeds: A little slow on the west coast, but the west is getting the best news
Posted On July 8, 2021
Cable modem speed has been on a slow rise in the U.S. over the past decade, with some places seeing up to 70 Mbps upload speeds.
But as of March 2017, the average upload speed was around 3 Mbps.
The data provider CableOne told Ars Technica that its customers can expect speeds to go up over the next year or so.
But the speeds are still not as good as they were before, and the average is far below the peak speeds seen in many parts of Europe.
The average download speed is 2.7 Mbps, down from 6.4 Mbps in 2015, according to data provider DigiTimes.
The slowest speeds, on the other hand, have been seen in areas where DSL and wireless connections have been slow.
In many parts, the speeds can go up to 25 Mbps, while in some areas, the upload speeds can reach as high as 40 Mbps.
“There’s not a lot of broadband anywhere that’s actually getting the same speeds we are getting,” CableOne CEO Scott Hester said.
“We’re seeing speeds in the mid-20s.
So the problem is, you’re not getting the bandwidth that you’re paying for.”
A cable modem is a device that connects a cable modem to the internet.
The cable modem’s connection to the Internet transmits data.
The faster the speed, the more data that can be transmitted.
In some places, like the San Francisco Bay Area, DSL and mobile broadband are the fastest.
“You’re getting the most out of your broadband,” Hester told Ars.
“But if you want the fastest, the fastest cable modem, you can’t get it at this time.”
He added that some areas have higher download speeds than they are getting due to congestion.
“If you’re in New York City, you get a lot more data than you would in a big city, so you’re actually paying more for it,” he said.
A big difference between cable modem speeds and DSL speeds is the bandwidth the cable modem can transfer.
A cable modems bandwidth can range from 1 megabit to 50 megabits per second, according a recent report from the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Cable modems typically support 4K video, so they’re also capable of streaming videos from the web, but those speeds aren’t as good in the middle of the night when people are at home.
The best speeds available to cable modem customers are around 2 Mbps, which is far less than the 2 Mbps seen in places like Seattle, Chicago, and Dallas.
“The reason why it’s so slow is that cable modem speed is dependent on the size of the cable modem, how much data the modem can transmit, and how fast the cable is going,” Hesters said.
The most popular cable modes are the DSL and WiMAX products, which are capable of speeds of 100 megabittps and 200 megabitterps, respectively.
But while the speeds seen at those speeds are good, they’re not fast enough to compete with high-speed cable modess.
“Cable modem speeds are about as fast as DSL,” Hesters said.
“[If you are] in a small town in California, you might get 25 megabitbps and then 10 Mbps, but in New Jersey, you only get 5 Mbps.”
“It’s not going to be competitive with DSL for a while,” he added.
Hester also told Ars that cable modoms bandwidth can be capped.
“Most people are concerned about bandwidth,” he explained.
“And if you’re going to use your cable modem for the internet, you really want to be able to keep that connection for the foreseeable future.”
He said that customers can try to increase their internet speeds with more bandwidth, but that the data caps on the cable service aren’t designed for that.
“A lot of the people that I talk to are concerned, because they have their home broadband, and they’re concerned that the cap will have a significant impact on their speed,” he told Ars, explaining that it can affect the speed of your connection and the amount of data you can upload and download at a given time.
“They’re concerned because they want to keep their data plan, they want the speed they need, and at the same time, they know that the speed is not going up in a short period of time.”
Cable modem service is available in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
But it’s not the only way cable modams speed is measured.
“As of February 2018, cable modem service in the continental United States is the fastest in the world, according the FCC,” the FCC said in a statement to Ars.
It’s not clear why CableOne is testing its own modems in the US, or if the speeds will be comparable to those of other countries.
But even if CableOne’s tests are a good indicator of where its customers will get the best internet