FCC Develops National Broadband PlanAdded: Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has conducted a research that revealed 80% of American broadband consumers have no idea what speed connection they are paying for, while 91% of them are satisfied with the service.
The research involved over 3,000 subscribers and was carried out this spring. The consumers were asked if they knew what should be the advertised speed of the Internet service the users were signed up for. 80% said they had no idea. Around 24% said they thought to likely get the speed they were paying for.
The representatives of FCC believe that the results of the survey can be a clear sign that users are confused and are not aware of the service offerings that are available. This remains true even though ISPs advertise higher-speed connections and ask subscribers to pay more for them.
The head of the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau believes that consumers need to understand what the broadband speed is, comparing it with miles per gallon on cars. The research was carried out as a part of the FCC's intention to introduce the National Broadband Plan.
In order to understand what steps to take next, the FCC is trying to cope with the current market situation. When developing the Plan, the FCC points to results of ComScore survey that has been conducted earlier. It revealed that most users were getting the half speeds of what ISPs had advertised. The agency launched a tool on the official website, allowing subscribers to measure the speeds.
However, now FCC takes another effort to estimate how fast the broadband services really are. In order to do that, the FCC needs 10 thousand volunteers to measure their home broadband speed throughout the country. The company working on the research is the same that did it in the United Kingdom. It promises to provide hardware measuring the broadband speeds installed in the volunteers’ houses. The agency will most likely choose those users who subscribe to many broadband offerings, both with cable and DSL, and maybe even wireless. They admit they won't be able to study every state, but still hope to cover 4 major geographic areas of the U.S.
The Federal Communications Commission is also interested in public comment on wireless speeds, because the recent research revealed that over 70% of wireless users were at least somewhat satisfied with their connection.
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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
|posted by (2010-06-09 17:54:40)|
|Wow I'm constantly amazed at the ways the federal government chooses to waste my tax money. You know they could do this stupid survey in two seconds and have more data than they could shake a stick at. Simply draft a few government employees to go home and snap this device onto their router or cable modem. Instead they'll spend a few million dollars looking for volunteers and then paying people to go install "hardware".|
Also, I have a real problem with the premise of this study as well. People don't know what they're paying for so the federal government is going to go investigate? Hey federal government I don't know what I'm paying for when I send you my goddamn tax money...how about we get a plan to figure that shit out first before we figure out what's clearly stated in any contract or agreement you enter in with an ISP? I just don't get how we've gotten to the point in America where people will just mail off money for something every month and not know EXACTLY what they're paying for.
|Good read SaM! yes i belive the people should know what they are paying for. But there are many issues why it may not be accurate.Such as servers speed,equiptment,loads etc.|
|posted by (2010-06-09 21:25:13)|
|This is just the beginning. The FCC's final goals are to regulate the internet like a utility. Free Speech will also be regulated.|
|As for poster #1 - you write and still don't understand the topic..|
IF ths FCC does this study and listens to the people they hire it will be a good thing.
How many of you use cable broad band?
I used to; until I got tired of their crappy customer service and crappy speed.
One very large cable company Beep Beep^%%$ states they are faster the fiber optic!
Really? I asked the customer rep and was told it is their fiber network to the back bone not to the customer's house implied in their TV ads???? HUH? WTF? As far as I know that is false advertising and THEY STILL DO IT.
It is the response to Verizon's FIOS system where they run a REAL Optical Fiber line to your house.
The cable brad band companies state in their ads speed UP TO 3mbps; 5mbps or PAY AN ADDITIONAL $10.00 FOR FREAKING TURBO SPEED... ON TOP OF WHAT YOU ALREADY PAY..
What this means they are covered if you pay for UP TO 8mbps SPEED AND ONLY GET 2mbps SPEED..
What they do is over sell their networks allot and refuse to upgrade it. I have seen in front of me speeds go up when people log off. Most cable broad Band Companies places customers on "nodes" of around 500 each or more.. What this means a minimum of 500 people or businesses are fighting each other for band with.
But there is hope; of all places the telephone companies - yes them...
They took a knock down punch from the cable companies; but they have learned a lesson the cable companies and allot of broad band companies are repeating - YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE MARKET AND SUPPLY WHAT THAT MARKET DEMANDS - NOT IGNORE IT... They did that and look what happened to then 10-20 years ago..
Believe me they have learned and have spend billions of dollars upgrading their systems. The telephone companies are coming up very fast and very soon are going to kick the cable companies in the butt and pass them by..
They are offering very good ADSL+2 services and more and very good prices..I went to ADSL because I tried a wireless service and got crap from them; Clear advertised the same thing as many broad band companies do - come over to use, download anything you want as much as you want... Yea right as soon as you do that they knock you off the network. They did it to me by bombarding me with RST packets - same as a ddos attack. They got very upset when I told them what they were doing they denied it; told them how come my network monitoring software shows them doing it. They then got very upset about that. JEEZ..
I now get a steady 13mbps down and 2mbps up for $39.95 forever from my current ISP and NO BITCHING AND WHINING FROM THEM ABOUT BANDWITH......
Sorry for the rant; but I hate it when some one tried to screw with people because they think they can.
IF the FCC does this study and IF the FCCc REALLY SEES WHAT IS GOING ON i THINK THERE WILL BE SOME SHAKING OF THIS MONOPOLIZED BROAD BAND MARKET UP..
|Menahunie see post #3 he tells the truth...that's what you should really be caring about.|
|posted by (2010-06-10 10:16:53)|
|Agree tottally with Mena..... and as fo the governemtn spending our money, They once again proved HOW STUPID the American public is. 1. Americans do not know what Broadband is. 2. Americans do not know what Speed their Broadband should be 3. Americans do not even know what their current speed is. |
How do you pay for something and not even know what it is? For most, its either working or not....How stupid can you be!
I would like to see changes as well, like in how the router works, allow ME to limit Speeds to computers on my network and how come I live INISDE Baltimorw City and cannot get FIOS.... shheezz
|posted by (2010-06-10 14:53:08)|
|Simply put, WE are under attack folks. Who are the real terrorists?|
|this will just eventually lead to them ctakin our free internet and tryin to do somthin like charge us by the hour for internet service weve already paid for, an blockin the p2p stuff or creatin a internet 2|
|posted by (2010-06-14 06:52:53)|
|I cannot believe 80% said they didn't know what there speed was. Do people stop and take a look or ask anymore? And for the FCC making a broadband plan, Thats the next step to regulating the internet and our lives, just like the health care. That would defiantly mean...NO MORE P2P!!!|
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