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In The News 12/30/2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by | Filed Under: In The News

The FCC Says DSL Much Slower Than Cable

In the Federal Communications Commission’s annual report on the state of broadband in America, the agency points out that DSL lines are still lagging behind cable and fiber-optic broadband services.


The average DSL speed during peak hours is 11.4 Mbps while cable offers speeds of 52 Mbps. The median speed for broadband across the U.S. is 32 Mbps, which is up 22% from 2015.  Most providers were able to deliver on their promised download speeds. But DSL providers, AT &T DSL, CenturyLink, Frontier DSL, and Windstream were not. In fact, AT & T DSL speeds are more like 6 Mbps.

Satellite providers Hughes and Visat’s ability to deliver promised speeds also dipped, but the FCC thinks that’s because more people are signing up for satellite Internet.

Safety Takes A Backset For WiFi Users

For many WiFi users, convenience is more of a concern that Internet safety. A new study looked at the habits of over 1000 people who used WiFi. Almost 60% of those users said they had accessed public WiFi in the last 3 months. A full 25% of those users admitted to conducting credit card purchases and banking on public WiFi.

Half of those people acknowledged that public networks are less secure than private networks, but they went ahead and completed the transactions because it was convenient.

Pokemon Go Comes To Apple Watch

Good news for Pokemon Go players with an Apple Watch.  Apple has released a free Pokemon Go app for their smartwatch.  This app will send players notifications about nearby Pokemon, count distance toward hatching eggs, and offer notification about PokeStops.


Just head over to the Apple Watch App store to download.

~ Cynthia


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2 Responses to “In The News 12/30/2016”

  1. Ernest White says:

    I don’t play Pokemon at all & don’t care to do so! I did like the speed tips & you are right on target!

  2. Bill says:

    Hello: Our download speed is 25 to 29 mbs but web sites are the pits with scrolling etc. taking forever…almost like dial up….What gives? When our download speed was slower a year or two ago everything worked smoothly. What am I missing? Thanks.
    -Bill B.

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