FCC Plans to Test and Measure Quality of Mobile Broadband in the US

September 5, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is again calling for public support to help them in their attempts to make sure that the public gets quality broadband services.

The move, which is based on the National Broadband Plan developed by the FCC, now plans to measure the quality and speed of the mobile broadband services in the country, just like how they did in the case of fixed broadband services earlier.

FCC has been bringing out Measuring Broadband America report for the last two years which gives a comprehensive comparative analysis of the different wire-line broadband services in the country.

The latest report shows the improvements in the broadband services in the country in comparison with the situation in the first edition of the report which came out two years earlier.

Of late, FCC is planning a new program to test and measure the mobile broadband services in the country to develop information on the performance of such services in the country.

According to the Commission, the resulting data produced through accurate statistical analyses will help the public to understand the quality of the services better and will spur competition between rival service providers.

For the purpose, the apex authority is now looking for support from industry, public research community and from anybody who can lend a helping hand.

CTIA – the wireless association – has already informed their consent to support FCC in measuring the quality of the mobile broadband services.

For the purpose, FCC is holding an open meeting on September 21 and 22 in Washington DC. If you are interested, you may turn up and give them your suggestions.

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