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Verizon FiOS customers don’t have much to complain about in the speed department, unfortunately however, not everyone is so fortunate. According to a recent study conducted by video hosting company Wistia, almost one in five US Internet users are unable to reliably stream HD video over their connections. Even more depressing is the bar Wistia used to make the HD capable determination. Compression technologies allow for a 720p signal to squeeze down a 2 Mbps connection, and that’s something 18% of U.S. Internet users simply can’t do.
As one of the largest video hosting companies around, Wistia is in a unique position to collect and analyze the viewing habits of millions of U.S. customers, and their conclusions are based on several weeks of data. 18% of users being unable to maintain 2 Mbps stream is disheartening, but worse still is that almost 10% are hovering in the sub 1 Mbps range.
Broken down by geography, Illinos, Mississippi, New Mexico and Montana make up the worst offenders, but they certainly aren’t the only ones on the edge. Broadband speed issues are typically either a problem with density, or the lack thereof, and won’t be an easy or inexpensive problem to solve. It does however, need to be solved.
(Image Credit = Wista.com & DigitalTrends.com)