In a development that relates to an ongoing FCC inquiry, the agency published a technical report on Monday in which researchers determined that actual broadband speeds for most U.S. consumers are only half as fast as those advertised by carriers. Published under the auspices of the FCC’s Omnibus Broadband Initiative, the agency’s report on broadband performance follows the launch of an inquiry in June in which the FCC said it would recruit 10,000 volunteers for tests to assess actual residential broadband speeds and the extent to which those speeds correspond with the advertised claims of carrier. At that time, the FCC also said it would seek comment on standards for measuring broadband speeds. Measuring download speeds across a variety of network technologies such as cable, fiber, DSL and satellites, the report found that real-world speeds averaged between 3 Mbps and 4 Mbps, or roughly half of the advertised industry average of 7-8 Mbps for all of the technology platforms studied. Various factors were also found to come into play that account for the disparity in real world versus advertised speeds, such as network congestion, the quality of network infrastructure, old PCs with slow processors, old or sluggish routers, and website malfunctions. Arguing, “this gap may cause confusion among consumers, as actual speeds, which largely determine the end-user experience, lag speeds advertised considerably,” the report asserts that “consumers need a better, publicly-agreed on measure of broadband performance that reflects the network operation and end-user experience.”