Wireless Carriers are to be verified for performance claims
We have been bombarded with all the claims of who has the fastest wireless network here in the US. And there has been so much hype, that for most of us, we stop paying attention to what they are saying and rely on other sources of information to make that determination. Sites like Speed Test for Mobile has become a valuable source of information in trying to identify smart phone performance. There are also so many other variables, especially where you are located at a particular point in time, that accurate measurements become challenging.
With all the claims from the wireless carriers, we need to get some relief. And that relief may be coming care of the Federal Communications Commissions, which we all know as the FCC. They are going to be holding hearings starting on September 21st as part of efforts to standardize just how smart phone performance is being measured. Granted, Government meetings do tend to take a very long time and often the outcome is a little watered down. But we can remain hopeful that they are going to be defining specifications and measurements in new speed tests for smart phones. That is a good thing.
The FCC now proposes a program to develop information on mobile broadband service performance in the United States utilizing the collaborative model underlying the success of its fixed broadband program. As the Measuring Broadband America program has proven, the broadband performance data produced by the statistically sound methodology of the program allows comparisons and analyses that are valuable to consumers and spur competition among service providers.
All the legalize associated with this will satisfy the lawyers who will be in attendance representing the various parties, some of whom are listed above. You can read the Press Release from the FCC, if you are interested. Whether this is going to have a significant change in how things are done is not known.
Do you believe that the FCC can influence wireless carriers to be more truthful about performance claims?