Mon 22 Mar, 2010 07:38 pm
About the Consumer Broadband Test (Beta)
The purpose of the Consumer Broadband Test (Beta) is to give consumers additional information about the quality of their broadband connections and to create awareness about the importance of broadband quality in accessing content and services over the internet. Additionally, the FCC may use data collected from the Consumer Broadband Test (Beta), along with submitted street address, to analyze broadband quality and availability on a geographic basis across the United States.
The Consumer Broadband Test, currently in beta, is the FCC’s first attempt at providing consumers real-time information about the quality of their broadband connections. Because measuring broadband speeds with software tools is not an exact science, we are providing two popular consumer broadband testing tools in this Beta version: Ookla and M-Lab. Both will enable consumers to test the quality of their broadband connection by transferring a small temporary file back and forth and measuring the results. Users will be randomly assigned to one of the two chosen testing tools: Ookla or Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) running on the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) platform, or they can choose their preferred tool by using links on this page. Each test is likely to provide a different result, and the differences may be significant in some cases.
My present level of broadband ....
Part of this test is to find out what areas in the United States don't have access to broadband.
Broadband Dead Zone Reporting Form
The Broadband Dead Zone Reporting Form provides your household with the opportunity to voluntarily participate in the FCC's effort to pinpoint areas in the United States where Americans are unserved or underserved by broadband access. Should you choose to complete this voluntary form, please note that the information you provide will not be used for purposes other than what is stated herein nor will it be disclosed.