Posted by: Ann Treacy | May 5, 2012

What’s your broadband worth?

I get a lot of suggested topics and volunteers to help write blog posts. I always wonder what the angle is and I rarely decide it’s a good idea – but this infographic came last week and caught my eye. Here’s the explanation I got from the introductory email…

Last year, the FCC published a report that shows most broadband Internet providers aren’t providing the speeds and quality customers are paying for. The information is highly technical, and fairly overwhelming for the average consumer.

High Speed Experts has taken this information and displayed it in an easy-to-digest infographic format so that your readers can clearly see what their provider offers and whether or not they’re getting the best value.

Broadband Internet

Now it doesn’t take much sleuthing to see that they favor Verizon FIOS and they sport a Verizon FIOS ad on their homepage – but I still think that graphic is worth sharing – partially because it echoes conversations I’ve heard at the Minnesota Broadband Task Force meetings in the small group discussions on digital inclusion. The truth is many, if not most, residential users are unaware of their broadband options, they’re unaware of what’s the best fit for them and they don’t know if they’d got the best deal around or are being robbed.

I know that the National Broadband Plan was working on “transparency in the retail broadband market” and I know progress has been made with maps and speed tests. In fact with the handy National Broadband Plan Action Agenda, I can see that the tasks related to consumer benefits are 80 percent done. Maybe what they need to reach the 100 mark is some slick packaging!


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