Augusta, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Is your neighbor down the street getting faster internet speeds than you? It is very possible.
You may be paying less for even faster speeds.
You’ll never know unless you ask them or check it out for yourself. Before long, most people had only one or two companies providing Internet access to their streets.
In some areas now, they may have three or four, or six. Verizon and T-Mobile both offer wireless home internet through their 5G cell towers. Those speeds can vary from street to street and even from house to house.
The difference is that not being able to watch a Netflix movie without getting a spinning circle on the screen if you don’t have enough bandwidth can mean the difference between a video game’s streaming ability.
In the wake of the outbreak, the FCC began updating the nation’s broadband map and posted useful information on the broadbandmap.fcc.gov website. It’s easy to use, just enter your home address.
The map shows all internet providers and the speeds offered for that particular address. And sometimes it is shocking to see the difference between one company and another.
At one random address we checked, Comcast offers 1200 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload speeds. 3 homes, AT&T offers 5-gigabit fiber internet.
Other available companies are very low. The map shows that in addition to mobile broadband speeds, you’ll only get faster speeds from AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon if you switch.
It also shows the presence of 5G in the address. The FCC allows users to challenge the findings. If you can’t find the speeds they’re showing, just run the FCC Speed Test app and report your numbers to the FCC by tapping on the screen.
This is all useful information if your cell signal is not strong. It’s a great tool if you’re looking to buy a home or start a business.
The FCC continues to update the maps by collecting data from carriers and people reporting the speeds they get in the speed test app. Worth checking out.
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