FCC: One Million Speedtests And Counting
Isn't using real-world data to inform government decisions fun?
According to the FCC
, they've now had one million people use their new speedtest. As we mentioned when the FCC launched the site back in March
, this is really the first time the FCC has used honest-to-goodness real data to make policy decisions, which is frankly a little terrifying if you stop to think about it too long. Granted this is only the first step of the FCC's new speed data collection efforts and these kinds of tests don't give a full enough picture -- so the agency has also partnered with UK data collection firm SamKnows to get more detailed data
using in-home customized routers. You can help by visiting the FCC's TestMyISP website
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Mount Airy, MD
said by fifty nine:The only problem with that is most people are uncomfortable with letting total strangers into their houses to verify broadband connectivity.
Here's a novel idea, how about the census conducting a broadband survey? Kill two birds with one stone.
The other problem that I think merits mentioning is that what we think of as broadband is changing. Most of us think of broadband as strictly a wired service connected to one or more desktop or laptop computers.
What about smartphone users with unlimited data?
What about MiFi type device users? Should they count as broadband too?
Does having access to 3G or 4G wireless service count as broadband? If it does, does that change what the broadband availability map of the US might look like? etc.
"Net Neutrality" zealots - the people you can thank for your capped Internet service.
Lake Zurich, IL
Re: Thank you SpeedBoost for skewing the results. Of course not -- yet many people are thrilled at their involvement, on the misguided assumption that corporations are inherently bad and government agencies are inherently good.
Assuming a government agency will look out for your best interest and make intelligent decisions in matters of technology flies in the face of decades of evidence to the contrary.
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| Probably not, but seeing that most "speedboost" stuff is only a burst and usually doesn't last more than a few minutes, its likely not going to skew the results too much.|
I have a feeling what the FCC is looking at is average speed anyway. Just because I have a cable connection CAPABLE of doing x k/sec down, it doesn't mean I'm using that, in fact, I know I have to use a lot less, lest I totally violate my caps.
I think they are looking more at saturation claims made by some providers as an excuse, and they are blaming the users for using the service to its full potential at times instead of making sure the network can handle the actual loads they claim.
I'm doubting anyone who torrents will be requesting a FCC router as well, so its likely that will be skewing the results as well-the people who get them will be doing basic surfing and will have a lot less usage than a power user-which will affect the results also.