What Are Normal Internet Transfer Speeds?
By Chelsea Anderson
There are a variety of ways to connect to the Internet, each with benefits and drawbacks. Each connection has its own average connection speeds. Dial-up is typically slowest, followed by DSL, though this can vary by region.
The average speed for broadband connections in the United States is 3.9 megabytes per second. Worldwide, the average is 1.7 Mbps.
The fastest dial-up modems are rated for 56 kilobytes per second. The maximum upload is either 33.6 Kbps or 48.0 Kbps, depending on the modem. Typical speeds will be somewhat slower.
DSL service is typically much faster than dial-up, but slower than cable. Speeds can dip as low as 768 Kbps and range as high as 7 Mbps for higher-end services.
Cable speeds can range from 4 Mbps to 20 Mbps, depending on the quality of cable, competition for bandwidth and other factors.
Chelsea Anderson is a professional writer who has attended university at the Delaware College of Art and Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has self-published a comic and a 'zine, both of which are included in the Joan Flasch Artist's Book Collection.