Are you surfing? The FCC wants to help with a simple Internet speed test.
Try it here.
So I did, and this is my score: Download 2835 kbps Upload 634 kbps
The funny part is I immediately repeated the test at my favorite speed site: pcpitstop.com
The answer there: Download 4835 kbps Upload 631 kbps
So I checked back at the FCC site: Download 4780 kbps Upload 592 kbps
The operative phrase is "your results may vary", I guess.
Anyhoo, the FCC will unveil soon an ambitious plan with some astronomical numbers. Even so the plan for "100-Squared" (100 Mbps in 100 million households) is not extraordinary in international comparison.
I'll try to read the plan when published and see what it might mean for rural citizens. Right now, I'm embarrassed by how giddy I am over 5 Mbps.
Are other countries doing this?Yes, many countries are already way ahead of the United States in terms of broadband speeds and availability. South Korea, for example, boasts an average broadband speed of 43.3 Mbps, according to a 2008 report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But, dissatisfied with those speeds, the South Koreans in February 2009 announced an ambitious goal to introduce 1 Gigabit-per-second broadband by 2013.Other countries also boast impressive broadband speeds, according to the OECD. France, for example, averages speed of 43.3 Mbps and the Japanese enjoy speeds of 93.7 Mbps. The United States broadband speeds hover around 9 Mbps; however, keep in mind that broadband speeds in urban areas tend to be much higher. [More]