We are Moving to a Gigabit Market Standard, Yet Apps Requrie No More than 8 Mbps, Tops

Many would credit a 2015 Government Accountability Office report for a new “broadband labeling” program launched by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. That report also indicates how little bandwidth actually is required for people to use any application.

The most intensive application--high definition streaming video--requires 5 Mbps to 8 Mbps per stream, for example. Two-way online gaming requires 4 Mbps.

Other key apps require far less: less than a megabit per second. And yet we are moving quickly to a gigabit per second market standard.

source: GAO
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