FCC Consumer Broadband Test

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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

Ookla broadband test with Internet Explorer (Thursday 9pm)
FCC Ookla broadband test in Internet Explorer

M-Lab broadband test with Internet Explorer (Thursday 9pm)
FCC M-Lab broadband test in Internet Explorer

Ookla broadband test with Firefox (Thursday 9pm)
FCC Ookla broadband test in Firefox

M-Lab broadband test with Firefox (Thursday 9pm)
FCC M-Lab broadband test in 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
  • Latency
    The time it takes for data to be sent from your computer to the testing server and back (the round trip time)
  • Jitter
    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.

4 thoughts on “FCC Consumer Broadband Test

  1. Wow! I didn’t know such a service existed. How the heck do you come up with these things? See, this is why I follow you. You always have useful information. Also, I didn’t know what Jitter was until now.

    1. That’s for the kind words. I’m still trying to figure out what I want do with my dad blog. Initially, it was all personal stuff. Now it’s a mixture of personal, reviews, giveways, and news.

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