FCC Releases Internet Speed Test Tool

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is striking back at ISP marketing practices by offering a free tool to consumers. Located here, the tool allows consumers to clock the speed of their Internet connection so that the FCC can compare the findings with ISP speed claims.

"The FCC's new digital tools will arm users with real-time information about their broadband connection and the agency with useful data about service across the country," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. “These tools help eliminate confusion and make the market work more effectively."

According to Reuters, the new digital tools follow an earlier FCC meeting back in September 2009. The FCC said that despite ISP claims, actual Internet speeds were estimated to lag as much as 50-percent during busy hours.

In addition to the broadband test, the FCC's new website also provides a way for consumers to report that they do not have broadband access in their area.