Mobile Broadband Speeds to be Measured by FCC

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The FCC further invested into broadband on Wednesday, announcing that it would began measuring mobile speeds in an effort to better inform consumers on just how fast connections are.

The plan called “Measuring Mobile America” is considered the first of its kind to track mobile broadband on a national level in the U.S. and expands on the FCC’s current initiative that already measures other broadband-capable devices.

To verify that the effort is legitimate, the Commission is working with some of the industry’s top providers including Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

“We know from experience: transparency on broadband speeds drives improvement in broadband speeds. Our ongoing Measuring Broadband America program has helped improve performance in wired broadband,” commented FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski via a state made available on

Genachowski added that the measure would “empower consumers and encourage improvements in mobile networks and programs, benefitting millions of Americans.”

As part of its role, the FCC pushes for consumer transparency. Last month, the FCC reported that nineteen million Americans still lacked broadband connectivity although admitting that “significant progress” had been made in the area.