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FCC Consumer Broadband Tests Surpass 1 Million Results and Still Counting

July 16th, 2010 by Jordan Usdan - Acting Director, Public-Private Initiatives

Last week the FCC’s Consumer Broadband Tests recorded its one millionth test, providing users and the FCC with real-time data on the performance of fixed and mobile broadband networks.  You can take the fixed test or download the mobile test application in the Android or iPhone “App” stores by searching for “FCC”. 

We are pleased with the popularity of these tools and we look forward to updating them in the coming months to add more features, provide richer feedback to users and make more data available to the public.  Additionally, we encourage you to sign up to put your broadband to the test at, where you can volunteer to help the FCC gather and report statistical data on the performance of broadband providers across the United States via a hardware testing platform in your home.  As a reminder, the engines supporting the FCC Consumer Broadband Tests independently make some of their data available: click here to learn more about M-Lab and Ookla.

4 Responses to “FCC Consumer Broadband Tests Surpass 1 Million Results and Still Counting”

  1. Guest says:

    I love broadband but having moved to South Dallas from North Dallas, I realize there is a huge divide. I am only allowed to have basic DSL, as offered by AT&T, in my area. Having left the AT&T's U-verse system, when I moved south, I am shocked the same technology is not available arcross town. Though AT&T's main office is 5 minutes away, they do not feel it is profitable to place fiber lines in our area. While I do understand their thinking, I find it shocking they have a choice. We, the people of South Dallas, are being shortchanged and when we complain we are called names. We have money and we want to use it to be a part of the latest and best technology, but we are lumped as a dead community and no one cares. How long before the realization sets in that we are here and we can contribute if you would place the technology here?

  2. Guest says:

    The FCC consumer broadband toolset is based on a point-in-time mindset and technology. Broadband performance results can vary considerably over periods such as minutes, hours, weeks and even months. There are literally hundreds of these types of point-in-time tests available on the Internet all of which provide the same restricted perspective on broadband performance. The trouble with this technology approach is:

    • You either wait until you have a problem then run the test, or you have to be proactive and manually run the test on a regular basis. Either way you get an incomplete picture of your broadband performance.
    • The results are based on synthetic uploads and downloads of fixed size data which in all likelihood bears no correlation to the real traffic you generate, the performance of which you are probably more interested in.
    • The only results you get are maximums, based on a point-in-time snapshot. What would be more informative is simple statistics (maximum, minimum, average) over a sensible period of time, reported through a visual dashboard.

    The technology for addressing these shortfalls is already available to broadband consumers and it would behove the FCC to help make this known to US citizens.

  3. jrh0 says:

    In doing the speed test, I can choose a server. The closest server is consistently much slower than one a hundred miles away, according to the test. Is there a way for me to set my system so the faster server will be used, not just for testing, but for general use?

  4. Guest says:
    Optimizing the Outback...rural America that is! Bringing Broadband Where It Isn't.

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