Broadband is Getting Broader

By | January 29th, 2015

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission took measures to redefine broadband as 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up in the United States. This is wonderful news for internet users, and will hopefully lead to more broadband availability for everyone in the US! The increase to 25/3 is up from 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up which was the previous designation. Our customers use their upload stream when backing up to Backblaze so having access to larger upstream pipes is great news.

Of course simply changing the definition of what “broadband” means doesn’t actually change anything, but as Gizmodo points out: “The redefinition of broadband should increase competition between ISPs and cable companies as well as encourage the development of better infrastructure.”

As a backup company, we are absolutely in favor of increased internet speeds and infrastructure for everyone, as it helps the overall state and speed of the internet. For instance, at the old broadband definition of 4 Mbps it would take roughly 10 seconds to download a song, at the new definition, that’s closer to 2 seconds. HD movies would take about 50 minutes at the 4 Mbps, at 25 Mbps that’s nearer to 10 minutes. As the United States is shifting towards online streaming (with the latest company to offer streaming video being Nickelodeon), a shift towards more available bandwidth is welcome.

We love seeing the global average internet speeds increase. Right now the United States ranks 11th with an average internet speed of 10.5 Mbps. (you can test your bandwidth speed here) First place is South Korea, with 23.6 Mpbs, as their average internet speed. That’s astonishing, and we hope that speeds continue to increase in the US, so that it can one day catch up with South Korea!

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  • dicobalt

    So we start off with upload being 4 times slower than download, then we end up with upload being more than 8 times slower than download? Still lacking.

  • Dmitry Morozovskiy

    heh ;) here in Moscow RU (and, yeah, I *do* understand we’re not in equal position comparing the others — but having almost clear 100 Mbps Ethernet connection for $25 or less…. ;-P

    • Nice! Hopefully we’ll get there eventually. That’s a lot of bandwidth!

      • Dee Norbert

        Romania 1Gbps down/100Mbps up. And still I don’t get more than 10Mbps upload to your servers.Do you have any server farms here in Europe?

        • Dee, unfortunately not, our farm is located in the United States, though we hope to expand in the future!

        • Hectic Charmander

          You think that’s bad? I have a 2Mbps upload speed in Australia (which is better than most in this country) and I can only achieve .4Mbps (or 400Kbps) upload speed to Backblaze’s servers.

          Tech support suggested I try a VPN service for better speeds, which I do have, but I don’t want to run it 24/7 (which is what I’d have to do to upload my several TBs of data).

          • Ian Worthington

            @Hectic: This is a known issue for Backblaze. I am currently in northern South America and can only achieve 50% usage of my 2Mbps upstream. Using a VPN was not suggested to me: instead I was told that as the upload protocol neither windows nor runs parallel streams the tx rate degrades with ping speed. Apparently it’s on the “to do” list but is not considered high priority.

            I’m wondering now if this is the full story. My tx rate did increase when I upgraded from 1Mbps to 2Mbps, and if Dee is getting 10Mbps over a 100Mbps line then does this reason make sense?

            Anyone from BB care to comment?