In April 2010 SamKnows was awarded a groundbreaking contract by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin a new project researching and collecting accurate data on fixed-line broadband speeds.
The project was the first of its kind to ever be undertaken in the USA and a collaborative working group was formed consisting of major Internet Services Providers (ISPs), academic groups and industry experts to help get things moving.
Work then began on recruiting a panel of consumer volunteers, in conjunction with participating ISPs, to install a small ‘SamKnows Whitebox’ device in their home. The ‘Whitebox’ automatically monitors volunteers’ connection speeds whilst still maintaining the privacy and security of the consumer. The data from the ‘SamKnows Whiteboxes’ is then collated, with the first of a series of reports being published in August 2011. The following reports were published in July 2012 and February 2013 with another due for release in early 2014. The released reports show a marked improvement in the service provided by major ISPs and the project is looking forward to continuing success.
Buoyed by the positive response to the fixed broadband project, the next logical step was to move into mobile broadband. In 2012 work began on measuring this sector of the industry and SamKnows began working in conjunction with the major mobile carriers to develop an app that will accurately measure a users mobile network.
The project is continually growing and developing and thanks to the considerable efforts of all the ISPs, carriers, academia, industry experts and our volunteers we hope to continue testing and improving the state of broadband in the US.
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