They will have to market the heck out of this in order for people to use it. Everyone I know just defaults to www.speedtest.net.
1. Now that they have this tool out, will the FCC actually listen to any feedback and pursue ISP's who don't live up to their claims?
2. Is this just a study of some sort? Are the FCC not allowed to use existing databases like Speedtest.net?
3. Doesn't it say all over an ISP's EULA that the speeds are "UP TO ***Mbps" and that throughput "MAY BE LESS" under extreme usage?
Seems like a government spending project to me. Then again, most people need something to complain about, and refuse to RTFM...
I work for an ISP's IHD, if your not getting the internet connection speed that you signed up for you should really contact your IHD. All ISP's usually have a requirement that your connection speed be within 70-85% of your provisioned speed (the speed you signed up for). If your not within that range then they should issue a repair ticket to have someone look into it.
About time someone steps in gives a standard tool we can measure with. I have questioned Comcast's rated speeds for some time. I am told I have 12 megabit downloads. By my own real world tests, I'll see that speed every once in a while, the other 99% of the time I see a steady 8 megabits. I have their rated speeds in theory, but it stretches the "up to" motto quite a bit.