Verizon expands lead over Cablevision in FCC Measuring Broadband America report

FiOS Internet 15 Mbps tier delivered 135 percent of advertised speeds
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Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) FiOS Internet and Cablevision's (NYSE: CVC) Optimum Online topped the FCC's latest Measuring Broadband America report, with the telco extending its lead over Cablevision compared to the report the FCC released last July.

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Verizon's 15 Mbps FiOS Internet tier averaged 20.23 Mbps during peak periods, delivering 135 percent of its advertised speed, the FCC said in the report released Friday, which was based on data collected in September. Cablevision's 15 Mbps tier averaged 17.88 Mbps, delivering 119 percent of its advertised speed, the FCC said.

In the report the FCC issued in July 2012, it found that FiOS Internet's 15 Mbps tier delivered 129 percent of its average speed, barely beating Cablevision, which delivered 128 percent of its advertised speed.

The FCC tracked the performance of several broadband tiers from cable operators, telcos and satellite broadband services in the report. Time Warner Cable's (NYSE: TWC) 10 Mbps tier averaged 9.48 Mbps during peak periods, delivering 95 percent of its advertised speed in September, the FCC said. The Insight Communications systems that Time Warner Cable acquired last year didn't fare as well, with Insight's 10 Mbps tier delivering only 90 percent of its advertised speed during peak hours and its 20 Mbps tier delivering just 79 percent of advertised speeds, the FCC said.

Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) 15 Mbps tier averaged 15.51 Mbps, or 103 percent of its advertised speed. Both the 15 Mbps and 18 Mbps tiers that Cox Communications offers subscribers delivered 95 percent of their advertised speeds, and Cox's 25 Mbps tier delivered 99 percent of its advertised speed, according to the report. Charter's 15 Mbps tier delivered 98 percent of its advertised speed, the FCC said. AT&T's (NYSE: T) 12 Mbps and 18 Mbps tiers both delivered 91 percent of advertised speeds in September, the FCC said. Mediacom's 12 Mbps tier delivered 99 percent of advertised speeds, the Commission added.

Verizon, which launched its faster Quantum broadband service last year, had the fastest service measured in the report, with its 75 Mbps Quantum tier delivering 103 percent of its advertised speed. The FCC measured 50 Mbps tiers from three broadband providers--Verizon FiOS, Cablevision and Comcast. Comcast's 50 Mbps wideband tier hit 97 percent of its advertised speed, while Cablevision delivered 105 percent of its advertised speed and Verizon delivered 111 percent of its advertised speed, the FCC said.

It's worth noting that Cablevision beat Verizon FiOS in the January rankings that Netflix released earlier this week of the fastest ISPs that deliver video to Netflix subscribers. Cablevision placed second, averaging 2.24 Mbps in its delivery of Netflix streams, while Verizon FiOS placed fifth, averaging 2.04 Mbps. 

Both Cablevision and Verizon cheered the results detailed in the report on Friday. "The FCC's latest broadband speed report shows that Optimum Online is one of the fastest broadband products in the nation, delivering in excess of 100 percent of the speeds we advertise, even during peak usage periods," Cablevision said in a prepared statement. The MSO noted that it has also expanded its WiFi network, which now includes more than 70,000 indoor and outdoor hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Verizon boasted in a statement from SVP John Wimsatt that it delivered more than 100 percent of advertised speeds in all of the tiers measured by the FCC. "The FCC's findings reaffirm the results from the past two FCC broadband performance tests, which found that FiOS Internet provides blazing-fast and sustained upstream and downstream speeds as well as low latency even during the peak Internet usage time periods of 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time," Wimsatt said.

For more:
- see the FCC report

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