Measuring Broadband America: A Retrospective on Origins, Achievements, and Challenges

Eric W. Burger, Padma Krishnaswamy, Henning Schulzrinne


The “Measuring Broadband America” program, run by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), continually measures and releases data on the performance of consumer broadband access networks in the US. This paper presents a retrospective on the program, from its beginnings in 2010 to the present. It also reviews the underlying measurement approaches, philosophies, distinguishing features, and lessons learned over the program’s duration thus far. We focus on fixed broadband access since it is the program component with the longest history. We also discuss future directions and challenges.

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