I have not yet received a letter like the following from my broadband provider – but Bill Coleman got his this week and kindly allowed me to share. While I didn’t get a letter, I have volunteered to have them test my speed. I have suspected for some time that I don’t come close to the advertised speed so I hope they pick me. If you too are suspicious of your speeds I encourage you to sign up too.
As part of the National Broadband plan, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) has begun a project to measure broadband performance. This test will cover certain aspects of an Internet connection, including the speed of downloading a large file. The purpose of the project is to obtain information about American broadband performance.
As one of the leading service providers in the United States, Comcast is working with the FCC to ensure that the performance measurement tests are comprehensive and accurate.
The FCC is looking for volunteers to help in the project. If you’re interested in participating with the FCC in this project, please visit http://www.testmyisp.com/. If you are then selected, you will be sent a new NETGEAR router enabled with the “SamKnows” performance measurement software selected by the FCC for your installation at your residence.
Comcast has not provided your name or contact information to the FCC, SamKnows or any other person in connection with this project. Your participation is completely voluntary and at your discretion. Based upon the information provided to us by SamKnows and the FCC, the software you would install only measures the performance of your Internet connection, and will give you access to the kinds of data that was only previously available with very expensive network monitoring tools. The FCC and SamKnows also will assure you that your personal information will be strictly protected and at no time will any personal information be shared or made available without your consent.
Once your router is up and running, you will be able to view all of your performance data via a secure online reporting system. Over the next few months the FCC will work towards releasing a report detailing the performance of American broadband.
To find out more, please go to http://www.testmyisp.com.
For further information on this trial:
See Consumer Information and Disclosure Public Notice CG Docket No. 09-158, CC Docket No. 98-170, WC Docket No. 04-36, Public Notice, DA 10-670 (rel. April 20, 2010), available at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-10-670A1_Rcd.pdf.
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This collection is authorized by OMB Control No. 3060-1139 and the complete PRA and Privacy Act Notice is available at https://www.testmyisp.com/paperwork.html.