How Speeds Affect What You Do on the Internet

Following are examples of how speed affects the time it takes to complete common tasks on the internet:

  • Sending an email with 2 Mb file attachment(s) (e.g., video clip,     audio file, digital photos, etc.)
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  • 56K Dial-up: over 5 minutes
  • 256 Kbps upload: 1 minute
  • 384 Kbps upload: 42 seconds
  • 768 Kbps upload: 21 seconds
  • Uploading 20 medium-quality (e.g., 500 Kb each) digital photos     to a website
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  • 56K Dial-up: almost half an hour
  • 256 Kbps upload: 5 minutes
  • 384 Kbps upload: 3 ½ minutes
  • 768 Kbps upload: 2 minutes
  • Downloading a typical MP3 audio song (5 Mb)
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  • 56K Dial-up: 13 minutes
  • 256K download: 2 ½ minutes
  • 1.5 Mbps download: < 30 seconds
  • 3 Mbps download: < 15 seconds
  • 4 Mbps download: 10 seconds
  • 6 Mbps download: 7 seconds
  • Uploading or downloading a 5 minute, high-quality digital video     clip (37.5 Mb when recorded at 1-megabit per second)
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  • 56K Dial-up: Over 1 ½ hours
  • 256 Kbps: 20 minutes
  • 384 Kbps: 13 minutes
  • 1.5 Mbps: 3.3 minutes
  • 4 Mbps: 1.3 minutes
  • 6 Mbps: 1 minute