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How Much Data Does a Person Need?

How Much Data Does a Person Need?

The amount of data and bandwidth needed depends on two main factors: how many users or devices require connection at the same time and the function each device or user is performing. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provides households with some basic bandwidth guidelines when multiple devices are utilizing the same connection. Table 2 lists the guidelines produced by the FCC (http://www.fcc.gov/guides/household-broadband-guide).

This is a matrix that contains upload and download speeds that are needed for different online tasks. This matrix provides additional detail and will determine bandwidth needs for different applications.

# of Users

Laptop, Tablet, or Game Console

Light Use

Basic functions: email, web surfing, basic streaming video

Moderate Use

Basic functions plus ONE high‐demand application running at the same time (streaming HD, video conference, or online game)

High Use

Basic functions plus MORE THAN ONE high demand application running at the same time

1 user on 1 device 1 to 2 mbps 1 to 2 mbps 6 to 15 mbps
2 users or devices at a time 1 to 2 mbps 1 to 2 mbps 6 to 15 mbps
3 users or devices at a time 1 to 2 mbps / 6 to 15 mbps 6 to 15 mbps more than 15 mbps
4 users or devices at a time 1 to 2 mbps / 6 to 15 mbps 6 to 15 mbps more than 15 mbps
Basic Service = 1 to 2 mbps*
Medium Service = 6 to 15 mbps
Advanced Service = More than 15 mbps
*mbps (megabits per second) is the standard measure of broadband speed. It refers to the speed with which information packets are downloaded from, or uploaded to, the Internet

Source: Information from Wisconsin’s Broadband Reference Guide produced by: WI Public Service Commission, UW-Extension Madison, and the Center for Community Technology Solutions, January 2014

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