While previously the CPUC relied on mobile providers' coverage claims, which resulted in 80% of California's native population having served mobile broadband coverage, the new method based on our mobile speed testing program minus one standard deviation, to account for mobile broadband's inherent unreliability, now shows only 23 percent of the population covered by 6 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up. These results raise questions about whether tribes, who do not have wireline broadband service, can use mobile broadband as a substitute.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The points on the above map show exactly where CalSPEED has been tested. The legend below indicates the type of speed each colored dot represents.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
'“Unlike the broad no-blocking and nondiscrimination rules applicable to fixed services, the  no-blocking rule for mobile services applied only to websites and to applications that ‘compete with the provider’s voice or video telephony services,’ and there was no non-discrimination rule at all for mobile services,” Comcast wrote. “While such regulatory distinctions might have been defensible in 2010, the NPRM’s [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking's] recognition of the ‘significant changes since 2010 in the mobile marketplace’—including ‘how mobile providers manage their networks, the increased use of Wi-Fi, and the increased use of mobile devices and applications‘—supports at least a refreshed examination of that approach. There is no question that wireless is increasingly becoming a closer substitute for wireline broadband for many uses and for many Americans.”
In addition, the lobbying arm of major Internet companies like Google and Facebook, the Internet Association, is making the same argument as Comcast the regarding regulation of cellular networks. They also argue more and more people are accessing the Internet via their mobile phones.
Is wireless becoming a substitute for wireline and if so, why is wireless exempt from net neutrality rules?
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Latency in milliseconds by Provider and Census Area
|Here are the T-Mobile phone's average Latency numbers for the Fifth Round of Testing. Latency is measured in milliseconds and it measures delay. 200 milliseconds is considered the acceptable threshold for conversation and internet connectivity. As we see in the chart, T-Mobile has a real problem with their latency in rural areas and the locations included in this chart are in their coverage area.|
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The analysis of our Fifth Round of Testing has begun. Because of T-Mobile's smaller coverage footprint and improved Netbook performance, they were able to nose AT&T out of second place in terms of average downstream speed in Mbps. This chart tracks mean downstream performance by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon over Five Rounds.