• On August 2, 2011, the FCC released its long-awaited “Measuring Broadband America” report on residential wireline broadband speeds, finding that “[f]or most participating broadband providers, actual download speeds are substantially closer to advertised speeds than was found in data from early 2009 … though performance can vary significantly by technology and specific provider.” The study began last year and sought 10,000 volunteers to measure home broadband speed through installation of hardware that will monitor broadband speed on the volunteer’s computers. The FCC partnered with UK company SamKnows in this effort. The report also found that “[m]ost ISPs delivered actual download speeds within 20% of advertised speeds, with modest performance declines during peak periods” and that “[a]lmost all ISPs reach 90 percent or above of their advertised rate, even during peak periods.” The full report can be found here.
  • The debt ceiling bill ultimately passed by Congress and signed by the President on August 2, 2011 did not include provisions for a spectrum auction that were in earlier drafts of the legislation. Senator Rockefeller (D-WV) expressed disappointed, but vowed to push for action on a stand-alone spectrum bill by September 11, 2011. More information is available here.