New Tools to Measure Home Broadband Connections Now Available
July 20th, 2011
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 – Consumers now have a new way to capture and record actual data about the speeds and quality of their broadband service.
Representatives from New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI), Google and Georgia Institute of Technology proclaimed the arrival Tuesday of Broadband Internet Service BenchMark (BISMark). BISMark is a project of M-Lab, a private sector-academia open-source technology collaboration. The technology uses consumer grade commercial wireless routers to capture data on a user’s broadband speed, and stores it on a Google database for the user to analyze. Users can apply for a router through a link on ProjectBismark.com.
FCC Launches Consumer Tool to Test Broadband Connections
Broadband Data, Broadband Updates, FCC, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality
March 11th, 2010
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 – The FCC launched its consumer broadband test today, enabling consumers to test the speed and other performance measurements of their broadband connections.
Google Shakes Up Broadband Landscape With Fiber Build Initiative
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact, Net Neutrality
February 10th, 2010
WASHINGTON, February 10, 2010 – Google shook up the broadband world on Wednesday with the announcement, on its blog, that it plans to offer super-fast broadband, at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, to up to 500,000 homes.
Google framed its entrance into the marketplace to deploy fiber-optic services as a “testbed” to understand more about the way that consumers and businesses use internet applications when truly high-speed services are available.
“We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” said Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, project managers at Google. “We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.”
FCC Net Neutrality Workshop Examines Importance of Transparency
Broadband Data, FCC Workshops, National Broadband Plan, Net Neutrality, Transparency, Wireless
January 21st, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 21, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission in a Tuesday workshop explored consumer choice, user control of their online experience and the importance of transparency.
The agency’s fourth Open Internet Workshop on Consumers, Transparency and the Open Internet focused on the sixth principle of network neutrality – transparency.
'Beer and Broadband Mapping' at the Top Telecommunications Policy Conference
September 28th, 2009
ARLINGTON, Va., September 28, 2009 – “Beer and Broadband Mapping” was the informal name appended to a spirited and lively discussion that capped the first day of the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference here at George Mason School of Law on Friday, September 25.
A Crowdsourced National Broadband Census: The Time is Now!
Broadband Data, Expert Opinion, FCC, National Broadband Plan
July 19th, 2009
WASHINGTON, July 19, 2009 – Carl Malamud’s talking on O’Reilly’s Radar about the need for a national broadband census. One of the things that BroadbandCensus.com has been doing since our launch, in January 2008, is to provide a crowdsourced, public and transparent collection of data about local broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition. We call this the Broadband ‘SPARC.’
Broadband Infrastructure Investments Need Transparency, Says BroadbandCensus.com
February 10th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 9, 2009 – In a guest op-ed in Ars Technica, the founder and executive director of BroadbandCensus.com cautions that the broadband infrastructure investments planned as part of the economic stimulus package need transparency if they’re to be effective.
Google Enters Free Speed Test Marketplace with Academic Collaboration
January 27th, 2009
WASHINGTON, January 27, 2009 – Search giant Google is preparing to enter the market for free broadband speed tests, through a collaboration with the university research consortium PlanetLab, and the New America Foundation.