The Federal Communications Commission recently announced a new broadband test service to help dads and moms clock the speed of their Internet connection. The tests help geek dads and moms compare their actual speeds with the speeds advertised by their providers. My test results actually came close to what Verizon FIOS advertised (up to 10 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload).
In the broadband speed test, moms and dads are randomly assigned either the Ookla or M-Lab test. I’m not sure what the differences in the tests are, but the results do vary slightly between the Ookla or M-Lab test in Internet Explorer and Firefox
FCC Consumer Broadband Test Overview
- Download Speed
The speed at which data is sent from the testing server to your computer
- Upload Speed
The speed at which data is sent from your computer to the testing server
The time it takes for data to be sent from your computer to the testing server and back (the round trip time)
The variability in the delay between your computer and the testing server
Note: the FCC requires the street address from where dads and moms are connecting to the Internet because it uses the data to analyze broadband quality and availability on a geographic basis.