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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Free Internet Speed Test from US Government

The FCC asks that you go to "broadband.gov" to do a free test of your internet speed. The FCC is seeking to see if Internet providers are giving their afforded "up to" speeds. Do not trust your service providers tests, as the FCC says that those test may not show your true speeds.

The FCC initiative posts its stated goals:

  • Goal 1: At least 100 million U.S. homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second.
  • Goal 2: The United States should lead the world in mobile innovation, with the fastest and most extensive wireless networks of any nation.
  • Goal 3: Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.
  • Goal 4: Every community should have affordable access to at least 1 Gbps broadband service to anchor institutions such as schools, hospitals and government buildings.
  • Goal 5: To ensure the safety of Americans, every first responder should have access to a nationwide public safety wireless network.
  • Goal 6: To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.
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To translate killibites per second to the measure used by COX and the phone company, Mbs, use the following link: http://www.mediaroad.com/products/speedcheck/free_tools/unit_convert/

As an example this morning my COX speed came up at 24575 kps, or 25.575 Mbs, faster than the COX test that showed me at 2.25 Mbs. I have a feeling between the two there is a dismal shift somewhere. Technology!

Which also indicates why the FCC is beginning this nation-wide measure of speeds.

And what exactly is "turbo-boost"?

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