Most Americans do not know their broadband speed. The Federal Communications Commission conducted a survey to learn about American’s broadband experience, and if consumers know their broadband speed. Results found that only 1 out of 5 Americans who use broadband actually know the speed of their broadband connection.
This survey was held as a part of FCC’s broadband speed initiative. The Commission’s Consumer Task Force will be finding the broadband speeds that consumer’s get versus what providers are advertising. Speed matters, says FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Genachowski says, “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.”
On Tuesday, the FCC announced two new initiatives to drive broadband speed. The first one is that the FCC asked 10,000 volunteers to partake in a study to measure home broadband speed. Volunteers in the scientific study will be giving invaluable data to the FCC that will in turn benefit the entire public.
The second initiative is a public notice the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued to find new ways to measure broadband speed. The notice calls for input from the public, or any interested party.