Broadband Speed Guide

Getting a handle on the way you and your household uses the internet will help you to determine what your access requirements may be. Let's begin by defining a few terms; Streaming, Downloading & Uploading.

Streaming is when you are listening or viewing a stream from a different source other than your own. There is not a need to bring the source into your own storage environment. You will utilize enough enough bandwidth to actually watch a video in real time.

Downloading is when you bring another file, email or video into your own storage environment to access afterwards. You will be utilizing more bandwidth when downloading over a shorter period of time. Your download time will be a shorter time than it would take to view the download itself.

Uploading is the opposite of downloading, you are sending a file, email or video to another location outside of your personal storage environment. You are still maintaining a copy of that information in your environment.

According to Netflix's there are 3 types of streaming qualities:

Good: Will use up to 0.3GB/hour. This means that you need a minimal stable connection of at least 0.7Mbit/s.

Better: Will use up to 0.7GB/hour. This means that you need a minimal stable connection of at least 1.6Mbit/s.

Best: Will use up to 2.3GB/hour when streaming HD content. This means that you need a minimal stable connection of at least 5.3Mbit/s.

FCC Household Broadband Guide
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This is just an estimate of what a four-person household brodband needs could be. Your calculations could vary.  When in doubt we recommend you select a higher internet plan.

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