Wednesday, May 28, 2014

97 Percent of Locations Tested

We are finishing our Fifth Round of testing 1,990 points up and down the state and what have we found? While the first four rounds showed ever expanding mobile broadband coverage and speed, in this round the mobile broadband providers, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, both netbook and phone, appear to be holding steady in coverage and speed with the previous Round 4, which was conducted last fall. T-Mobile's phone, like round 4, continues to have a latency problem which distinguishes it from all the other providers' netbooks and phones.

Monday, May 19, 2014

WIth 85 percent of Locations complete, Testers Focus on the Bay Area

Those red dots are the 15 percent of points, out of 1,990 points statewide, that have yet to be tested. As you can see, a big chunk of them are in the Bay Area. So Bay Area residents, if you happen to see one of testers working hard on the side of the road, give them a honk salute. Our mobile testers are in the trenches fighting to close that stubborn digital divide.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Giant Fly in Visalia

Tester Tom Allread spotted a giant fly in Visalia, but how fast was the broadband? The Verizon phone was really fast, AT&T was fast enough while T-Mobile and Sprint were pretty slow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tis Beautiful, but how is that Broadband?

Ready for a hike or should you check your e-mail or Facebook account? Tester Tom Allread found no broadband available from any provider at this Sequoia National Park location. So shut down your phone and enjoy the view.

Cal Trans Calls this Road Near Neverland Ranch: a Two Lane Highway

Tester Stephen Crews is puzzled by the Caltrans designation of this road near Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Shall we Surf the Web or Stamp on Some Grapes?

Tester Brandt Robinson considers the choice between grapes and broadband in a Sonoma County vineyard near Cloverdale. Sprint and Verizon were pumping out the broadband at this location but AT&T was slow and T-Mobile had no service. So when you are stamping on those grapes, be sure and keep your smart phone dry.

Tester Ronald Pabon Takes Time off to Feed an Ostrich

Monday, May 12, 2014

We are Three Quarters of the Way Done

Southern California is officially finished. 75 percent of 1,990 testing locations have been completed as our mobile testers enter the home stretch. As you can see from the map below, all the remaining test points are those red dots in Northern and Central California.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Shall we Surf the Waves or Surf the Internet?

Tester Stephen Crews testing at El Capitan State Beach. How was that beach broadband? Verizon had the highest upload at 4 Mbps and T-Mobile the highest download at 9 Mbps, but neither provider deliverd served speeds of 1.5 up and 6 down. AT&T and Sprint were both well under served speeds. At this location, it may be more satisfying to surf the waves than surf the internet.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Beautiful View from the Northeast Corner of the State, but no Broadband

This is Test Point 1037: Tribal Lands from Tester David Faulkner. It is near Fort Bidwell on the northeastern corner of the state. What kind of broadband can we expect at this location? No service to speak of from any provider.

Monday, May 5, 2014

We are over Half Way Done with the Fifth Round

Our intrepid Testers have completed over 60 percent of 1,990 testing locations statewide. So far, Verizon seems to be holding its own as the mobile broadband leader. The blue dots indicate completed tests and the red dots indicate locations where we have not completed tests. As you can see most of the remaining tests are in urban areas. This may explain the lower speeds registered so far. Get ready for some fast speeds as the testers finish their rounds.

Tester Tom Allread Checks out the Ponies near Salinas

What sort of Broadband speed did we get at this location? Both the AT&T and Verizon phones were pumping out the broadband at this location at 20 Mbps. Sprint and T-Mobile had no coverage whatsoever.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

New Version of CalSPEED will not Drain your battery

Attention current CalSPEED users and potential CalSPEED users. The CPUC's Android mobile app for testing mobile broadband speeds has been improved. A bug has been fixed which caused the app to run out the battery when the app was not in use. Please go to Google Play, download this new version to your phone and start testing mobile broadband speeds in your community. All the results are crowdsourced to our Interactive Broadband Map and we use these results to help determine whether a community is eligible for broadband subsidies.