SamKnows & the FCC

American broadband performance measurement

SamKnows has been awarded a ground breaking contract by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin a new project researching and collecting data on American fixed-line broadband speeds delivered by Internet Service Providers (ISP's) - until now, something that has never been undertaken in the USA.

The project will see SamKnows recruit a team of Broadband Community members who will, by adding a small 'White Box'’ to their home internet set up, automatically monitor their own connection speeds throughout the period of the project. The specially developed 'White Box' does not monitor the home network or web traffic, but solely focuses on the relevant ISP’s network. In addition people who volunteer for the project are given access to their own data so that they can track the performance of their broadband connection comparing it against what their ISP is billing them for.

Alex Salter, CEO of SamKnows, commented that:

"We're delighted to be building on the success of the work we've undertaken in the UK over the past three years. We see considerable consistencies between the UK, the USA and indeed the rest of world in terms of the lack of a single methodology to accurately measure broadband performance. We’re delighted that both Ofcom and the FCC have chosen SamKnows ‘White Box’ to fill this measurement gap."

We're excited to be working with the FCC and some of the major American ISP’s and we’re looking forward to building up the FCC and SamKnows Broadband Community to a formidable size!"

A separate company, SamKnows Inc will be undertaking this US project, this new company will appoint US partners and create new jobs for American workers, both in the short term and in the long term.

To construct the Broadband Community panel, SamKnows will be looking to recruit volunteers in the next couple of weeks, so come back for more information.

For more information please visit Test my ISP.



10,000 plus White Boxes
Across all of the USA
Broadband performance measurement
Availability testing
4 year project