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How Fast is Your Broadband Connection?

By August 12, 2010

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If you don't know the answer to that question, you are not alone. The FCC says 80% of users don't know what the speed of their broadband connection is. A recent survey conducted by the FCC also found that 91% of consumers were satisfied with broadband speeds, even if they didn't know specifically what it was. According to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, broadband speed is important:

"Speed matters. The more broadband subscribers know about what speeds they need and what speeds they get, the more they can make the market work and push faster speeds over broadband networks."
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The survey and emphasis on broadband quality and speeds is part of the FCC's overall strategy to raise awareness and promote broadband.

For an article about the FCC's National Broadband Plan click here.

As a result, the FCC is offering the Consumer Broadband Test (currently in Beta) to provide information about the quality and speed of broadband connections. The plan is to raise awareness of the quality and speed of broadband connections, while collecting data to provide a report on the speed and availability of broadband across the country.

Another website offering free consumer broadband speed tests, is also used as an alternative application to provide broadband quality and speed data for the FCC. Ookla performs download and upload speed testing and latency measurements, as a tool to collect and provide information on broadband quality and speeds around the world. The United States is currently stands at number twenty seven in a global ranking of broadband speeds, demonstrating even greater urgency in addressing the issue. Ookla's global rankings can be found here.


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