Internet FAQs

How is Internet speed measured?


Internet speed is measured in bits per second.

  • 1 Kbps (kilobits per second) = 1,000 bits per second.
  • 1 Mbps (megabits per second) = 1 million bits per second.
  • 1 Gbps (gigabits per second) = 1 billion bits per second.

A lowercase "b" in Kbps means bits, while an uppercase "B" means bytes.  There are eight bits in a byte.

Example: A Spectrum Internet plan with download speeds of up to 100 Mbps is capable of being more than 1,500 times faster than a 64 Kbps dial-up modem.

Web browsers measure in bytes-per-second.

File download speeds from your web browser are reported in bytes-per-second or kilobytes-per-second (kBps).

The speed of your dial-up ADSL or cable modem is listed in terms of bits-per-second or kilobits-per-second (kbps).

An uppercase "B" in KBps means bytes, while a lowercase "b" means bits. There are eight bits in a byte.

A 100 kBps download is eight times faster than a 100 kbps download.