Quick, what's your broadband speed? Yeah, you don't know

Posted by Mike Luttrell

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the results of a survey on home broadband use and found that 4 in 5 Americans don't know what their advertised broadband speed is.

Even though most of them had no idea what their actual Internet speed was supposed to be, 29% of the survey respondents said they only get that speed some of the time.

PC World reports that the average downstream speed for broadband connections in the US was 10.16 Mbps, placing the country at a sobering 26th position on a global scale.

However, 91% of the 3,005 people in the survey said that they were "somewhat satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their home broadband speed. Over 70% said their broadband speed was where it should be most or all of the time.

The FCC has been stepping up its efforts in the regulation and understanding of data connection and communication usage in the US. It recently launched a new initiative to get mobile service providers to provide more info to customers that are in danger of receiving huge cell phone bills.

It also now wants to monitor thousands of homes to track broadband usage and speed. It will select 10,000 homes across the country to receive special equipment that will allow the organization to better evaluate US broadband service. Those interested in being included in the program can go to TestMyISP.com.