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Why Upload Speeds Matter as Much as Download Speeds

April 21st, 2021

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When you’re on the UTOPIA Fiber network, you’ll not only be getting the fastest Internet speeds in the nation; your speeds will be dedicated and symmetrical. That means that both your upload and download speeds will be lightning-fast so that you can stream a show on Netflix just as fast as you can upload your new Instagram picture.

You might be wondering what the true difference between download and upload speed is…let’s dig a little deeper.

Internet speeds

Your Internet speeds are measured in Mbps (megabits per second) and are tested by downloading files and recording the time it takes for them to download and mimicking your internet activity. If you’re wondering how fast your speeds are, we encourage you to regularly test your speeds, you can check out our guide on how to run a speed test here.

Download speeds

Your download speeds determine how quickly data is transferred from the Internet to your device. These speeds determine how quickly movies, music, and files download to your computer. They will also determine how fast videos buffer and web pages load. You’ll likely notice how fast your download speeds are when you’re watching a movie on Netflix and opening up a new webpage.

Upload speeds

Upload speeds determine how quickly your data can be transferred from your device to the Internet. Upload speed determines how fast you can upload images to social media, how reliable your Zoom calls are, and how fast you can send messages. You’ll notice your upload speeds most when you’re using zoom or other video calling platforms and when you upload your photos to your computer or social media.

Why upload speeds matter

Simply put- slow upload speeds aren’t cutting it anymore. Speeds as low as 3 Mbps for upload won’t sustain working and learning from home, a fact that has been made abundantly clear over the last year. Some providers that were previously offering low upload speeds have increased them during the COVID-19 crisis with so many working from home and using zoom simultaneously with other members of their family.

The UTOPIA Fiber difference

At UTOPIA Fiber, we knew the importance of symmetrical speeds long before this crisis hit. That’s why we’ve always offered symmetrical upload and download speeds with a dedicated connection to all of our customers, residential and business. Our speeds aren’t just the fastest in the nation, they’re created with you in mind.

Sign up for UTOPIA Fiber to see what all the buzz is about. And, if you have any questions, reach out to us at communications@utopiafiber.com, we’d love to chat!