• Aug 02, 2011 02:59 PM EST

    Inaugural Fcc "Measuring Broadband America" Report Unveiled At Best Buy Today

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    WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 2, 2011 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski disclosed the results of the first nationwide test of residential wireline broadband service in a report, "Measuring Broadband America” at Best Buy’s Columbia Heights store in Washington, D.C. today. Best Buy hosted the event as part of its continuing commitment to help consumers better understand their broadband needs and choices.

     

    The test and resulting report are part of the FCC's intensive ongoing efforts to expand broadband access, promote adoption and spur innovation. The "Measuring Broadband America" report, first proposed in the National Broadband Plan, takes major steps towards bringing greater clarity and competition to the home broadband services marketplace. The study measured speed and performance as broadband is delivered to the home so that different service providers and technologies could be compared scientifically.

     

    In welcoming attending media and guests, Carlton Tucker, assistant manager of Best Buy’s Columbia  Heights store observed:  “Broadband is such a wonderful way to connect to the people and things we love.  But so often, we aren't sure which solution is best for us – and we can struggle reading the fine print of our contracts. Many of us may not know that we can make decisions about how much speed we need based on how we actually use our computers or other gear – and save money in the process. We encourage all consumers to pay close attention to the advice they hear from the FCC today.” 


    At the event, the FCC also unveiled new consumer resources to help Americans take the confusion and mystery out of choosing the speed they need, including tip sheets and a step-by-step guide, which are available online at
    http://www.fcc.gov/live.

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