The FCC Wants You To Test Your Broadband Connection

Broadband speed tests are nothing new, but the FCC is offering Internet users a chance to weigh in on just how fast connections are across the country. Unlike regular speed tests, the FCC's program records the street address from which the program is run (no other personal information is requested).


I'd really prefer a plan that didn't make me download through a river and upload through a straw

We've talked quite a bit about the FCC's initiative and comprehensive national broadband plan it will present to Congress in a manner of days; if you're interested in contributing real-world data to the Federal Communication Commissions own measurements we suggest you hit the site and take the test. There's also more information available on-site regarding the plan and various PDF documents/statements from FCC officials.
Via:  FCC
Comments
3vi1 4 years ago

Submitted mine!

Also - if you know someone that can't get broadband in their area (like my parents), have them go and click on the "I don't have broadband" option and select the option that shows access is not available - so that the people behind this survey can see where the infrastructure is completely missing.

Inspector 4 years ago

Where do i go to get my tested??? i can't find the page

Super Dave 4 years ago

Go HERE and click on the Test My Broadband Now link.

la_guy_10 4 years ago

I use Speakeasy.net

Works great for me.

bob_on_the_cob 4 years ago

Speakeasy is great, but this is so the FCC knows where broadband is lacking. I just submitted mine.

Inspector 4 years ago

Thanks for the link just got mine in

Super Dave 4 years ago

I submitted mine, too: 5.26 Mbps down and 650 Kbps up (AT&T DSL Elite). The download is descent but the UP kinda sucks!

Marius Malek 4 years ago

Lol Dave. 

My only option for internet at this point is Time Warner Cable. 

I get like 2956 kbps Down, and 356 kbps Up. 

Cheezit 4 years ago

Everyone with dial up and dsl is going to kill me but

Download Speed: 15838 kbps

Upload Speed: 2658kbps

Latency: 17ms

Jitter: 1ms

Super Dave 4 years ago

Where do you live, Cheezit?Angry

gibbersome 4 years ago

FIOS or school connection?

I'm going to wait till it's peak hours before submitting my test. Don't want to make Time Warner look good. Big Smile

cheezit 4 years ago

Sorry for the late reply San Jose, CA comcast has the cheapest deal right now 80$ for hd tv phone and cable internet. They're starting to roll out fiber to your home in some of the citys around the Bay Area. So speed should go up by default

rapid1 4 years ago

Did my test

Download: 21147 kbps

Upload: 3202 kbps

Latency: 13 ms

Jitter: 3 ms

Comcast

Drago 4 years ago

I submitted my no broadband access form. All that is left is for me to pass this info on to everyone near me, a few ladies i know that are heavily involved in church groups and gossip should get this stuff pushed around pretty quick. Nothing moves faster than the grapevine.

ClemSnide 4 years ago

Anything to improve service! My results were

Download: 1326 kb/s

Upload: 326 kb/s

Latency: 14 ms

Jitter: 1 skinny mocha grande latte

But what a process. Change my typeface minimum size to 12 (evidently the gummint is run by people with perfect eyesight). Install Java. Install Adobe DLM. Install Flash. Run tests. Uninstall Flash. Uninstall Adobe DLM. Restore minimum font size to something visible. (The careful observer will note that I'm leaving Java in for the moment. If it bogs me down or does something hinky, though, it's outta here like last week's girlfriend. God I miss her)

With this requirement, I don't think the FCC will get a great number of data. Instead, it behooves them to make it as effortless as possible. And of course, as always, Clem has the answer: Porn.

Porn is, of course, the reason the Internet exists-- what, you didn't fall for that "Advanced Research Projects Administration" hogwash, did you? So we have to do, instead of artificial tests, real-world testing (which people who have never taken a statistics course prefer anyway): Measure the rate at which porn is downloaded.

(A secondary use of the Internet is to sit in chat rooms and type "lol" over and over, but the bandwidth requirements for this are minimal, and in fact most people would do just fine with an offline chat room simulator.)

But again, the requirement for test reliability raises its beautiful head. We must have standards for porn downloads. We must start a Government Porn program to ensure that our data are reliable! (Whatever it is we're measuring. I kinda lost track.)

It remains to be seen whether government porn becomes as popular as government cheese, but I do hope it passes. Too bad Clinton isn't still in the White House; it'd have been a cinch.

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="ClemSnide"]Porn is, of course, the reason the Internet exists[/quote]

Sorry to hear that your porn doesn't download fast enough...especially since your girlfriend is outta there!Big Smile


Marius Malek 4 years ago

The only reason VHS and DVD's became so popular was becuase of porn. 

I think a salute is in order. 

ClemSnide 4 years ago

I am of the opinion that every mass medium becomes popular through the ability to distribute porn. And while the "Government porn" idea is facetious, that theory is real.

Internet access, DVDs, VHS tapes, digital cameras and their ancestors the Polaroid self-developing cameras, photography itself, the printing press and art itself-- all is porn.

And I have historical evidence to back that up. The earliest ambrotypes (and even more daguerreotypes than you'd imagine, given the relatively high cost) were erotic photos. Johannes Gutenberg's invention was used to print Bibles, sure, but the real money was in erotic handbills, generally consisting of a dirty poem accompanied by a woodcut illustration. And the Willendorf Venus is a figure of a woman with exaggerated secondary sexual characteristics-- a topic the Geico "caveman" ads have so far avoided.

Lads, we were horny before we were human. The Internet is merely continuing proof of that.

gibbersome 4 years ago

"Porn is, of course, the reason the Internet exists--"

ROFL LMAO!!

realneil 4 years ago

I got:

9980kbps Down,

865kbps Up,

19ms Latency,

0 Jitter

Local DSL service.

Kasel23 4 years ago

Pretty interesting to see current speeds.. they're much lower than what we "should" have it looks like.

 

Out here in Iraq the only provider we have offers 256kbps down, 128kbps up for $100/month.  Obviously a different "world", but trust me it is painful. Stick out tongue

gibbersome 4 years ago

Hope you didn't buy Assassin's Creed II...

3vi1 4 years ago

lol, gib.

(not laughing at Kasel23's limited connection - loving the bust on AC2 and DRM)

3vi1 4 years ago

That's really good down speed ReilNeil; I'm jealous. I got:

rapid1 4 years ago

Interesting to see the variance. I live in a small town 45-60 north of Atlanta. My speed seems to be pretty decent.

DraconianDebate 4 years ago

Down:32541 kbps

Up:5467 kbps

Latency:23ms

Jitter:1ms

Mlab is a failure, said I had 102ms jitter. Go with Ookla instead.

twistedfate 4 years ago

My internet sucks

Super Dave 4 years ago

The Los Angeles Times is reporting discrepancies between the two services that are used on the Broadband.gov website. It seems that Ookla is showing a faster Internet speed than is shown by the other testing service (M-Lab). I revisited the website and ran the test with Ookla, but when I tried to use M-Lab I was redirected back to Ookla...kinda strange. Anyway, you can read the article right HERE.

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