CalBroadband, released by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), is a mobile app for California citizens to view broadband services in their area. The app displays advertised upload and download speeds from broadband providers offering service in the area. It also displays estimated upload and download speeds of the four major mobile providers based on the mobile broadband drive-test, which is conducted by CPUC. The data currently displayed represents the situation as of December 31, 2012 and will be updated approximately every six months.
The information displayed in the CalBroadband is not accurate down to a user's exact location. CalBroadband is intended to give the general public the most accurate information available to the CPUC about service speeds in the area where the application is being used, or in the area near an address provided by the user. Contact the providers displayed in the CalBroadband for service availability and speeds at a particular address.
The app displays upload and download speeds in four categories: advertised fixed, advertised mobile, estimated mobile, and advertised satellite. The "advertised fixed" category displays advertised speeds of all services which are delivered to a particular, stationary location. Such services are provided using several different technologies, including "wireline" technologies such as xDSL, Cable Modem, or Fiber to the home, as well as fixed wireless. The "advertised mobile" category displays speeds of "mobile wireless" technologies, such as 3G, 4G, or LTE, to provide service to users (i.e., cellular broadband) who can receive a broadband signal while they are in motion. The "estimated mobile" category displays estimated wireless speeds of the four major mobile providers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon -- based on the CPUC's semi-annual mobile broadband drive test. For more detailed information on the drive test, see this link . The "advertised satellite" category displays speeds of satellite providers.
The arrows in the results display indicate upstream speed (arrow pointing up) and downstream speed (arrow pointing down).The units used in the sliding bar scale are in megabits per second (Mb/s, or Mpbs)
The color scheme is red, orange, and green.
Red indicates speeds falling below the FCC's broadband definition of .200 Mb/s for upstream, and for downstream, below .768 Mb/s.
Orange indicates speeds equal or greater than .200 Mb/s for upstream, and .768 Mb/s for downstream but less than 1.50 Mb/s for upstream and 6.00 Mb/s for downstream.
Green indicates speeds equal or greater than 1.50 Mb/s for upstream and 6.00 Mb/s for downstream
The California Public Utilities Commission is the California recipient of a State Broadband Initiative Grant, awarded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A portion of this Grant funds the development, maintenance, and operation of CalBroadband.
CalBroadband is developed by California State University, Monterey Bay's Computer Science and Information Technology Program under contract with the CPUC. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This application does not collect or retain any personally identifiable data. It uses only the location the user provides to return the information requested, and does not retain that information.
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