Quality-adjusted average U.S. residential broadband service prices have fallen no more than an estimated 10% from 2004 to 2009. The consumer price index for personal computers and peripheral equipment fell 50% across that period. The price-performance frontier for communications technology is advancing as fast or faster than that for personal computers and peripherals. The difference … Continue reading relatively slow reduction in bandwidth prices
Akamai’s publicly filed dataset of observed average Internet download speeds for U.S. network connections is now on Needle. Needle makes it easy to map the reported cities and states according to an average speed threshold. For example, 79 out of the 500 reported cities have average Internet download speed less 2048 kbit/s. Here’s a map … Continue reading mapping average Internet download speeds in U.S.
Better Internet connectivity tends to be associated with more urban areas, areas with a greater concentration of high-tech industries and employees, and areas with wealthier, more educated populations. These factors, however, do not provide simple explanations for the actual geographic pattern of Internet download speeds from Akamai’s server network. According to Akamai’s measurements (which include … Continue reading dispersion of Internet download speeds
The DS1 and DS3 rates that the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users filed publicly at the FCC are now accessible as an online, highly capable Needle domain (database). Needle is a data system that makes it easy to look at the data in different ways and to sort and filter it, all from within a web … Continue reading online database of DS1 and DS3 special access rates
Based on data filed by the Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee, tariff rates in 2009 for DS1 and DS3 special-access circuit elements across U.S. states have a spread equal to about plus and minus a third of the average. Rates differ across bandwidth (DS1 or DS3), regulatory type (price cap or pricing flexibility), purchasing term … Continue reading DS1 & DS3 rate dispersion across U.S. states