The FCC’s Office of Engineering and Techonology and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau recently put out “A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S.” Or, in layman’s terms, how well your home (hardline) internet works.
The study looks at a lot of different aspects about internet usage and provider claims, but I found this chart most interesting from a user standpoint.
This chart (No. 12 in the report) tracks the “variation by time of day in delivery of advertised speed.” It’s concerning to see that eight of the 14 internet provides never deliver 100% of their promised speed, even in the middle of the night when not many people are online. But it’s also interesting to see the sharp decline in the majority of services when those golden hours of post-work downtime happen. So if you notice that your internet is slow while you’re trying to catch up with Netflix at 9pm, it’s because everyone else is using the internet right then, and the providers have a hard time coping.