Measuring Broadband America


Want to know your home Internet speed?

Sign up to be a volunteer for the Measuring Broadband America (MBA) Program!
You will receive:

  • A free device called a “Whitebox” that plugs into your cable or DSL modem to measure the speed and quality of your home Internet connection. (No tests are run when you are on the Internet, and your personal browser information is not collected.)
  • Free monthly reports and access to your test data. (DCCA is given access to performance data, but without any personal user identification.)

To sign up for a Whitebox, please visit the Measuring Broadband America sign-up web page.

Background Information

Measuring Broadband America (MBA) is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ongoing study to measure consumer broadband performance across the nation with the goal of improving the availability of information for consumers about their broadband service performance — to empower broadband consumers with tech-driven transparency.

SamKnows Whitebox device

SamKnows Whitebox Device

With the assistance of broadband service providers, the FCC harnessed thousands of volunteer participants in its first study to test home (wireline) broadband performance across the U.S. with devices provided through analytics firm SamKnows.

At the end of 2014, the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), Cable Television Division, launched its Measuring Broadband Hawaii program to expand Hawaii’s team of volunteers under the MBA program, because Hawaii was not formally included in the initial program that covered only the continental United States. In 2017, the FCC invited the State and its providers to formally participate in the MBA program.

For additional information on the MBA program, please see the MBA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Measuring Broadband America Reports

The initial MBA Fixed Broadband Report, published in August 2011, presented the first broad-scale study of directly measured consumer broadband performance throughout the United States. The annual published MBA reports provide a performance benchmark for fixed broadband Internet access services, and track progress towards the FCC’s continuing goal of improving the speeds and quality of broadband access commonly available to the American public.
Links to the latest MBA reports:

Note: The data on Hawaii available in these reports differs from the information available for other States because Hawaii was not included in the MBA program until 2017.

2014 Measuring Broadband Hawaii DCCA Press Release:
DCCA Announces Program to Measure Internet Performance Statewide