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Easy Desktop Speed Tests

Running a speedtest on your home or work networks helps you to understand the health of your internet experience on your devices.

Light internet use is associated web search, email, basic video for 1-2 users.

Moderate internet use is associated with >2 users on the network, high-demand video streaming, multiplayer video conferencing, online camming, and telecommuting.

High internet use is basic functions plus more than one high-demand application running at the same time.

How Many Users?

Cross tabbing the number of users and how they use the internet helps you to determine a foundational ‘download’ speed benchmark.

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/household-broadband-guide

Download Speeds

Most internet speed tests provide download, upload, jitter, latency, ping speeds.

Focus mostly on your download speed service needs; however other data fields refine the internet experience.

  • Basic Service = 3 to 8 Mbps
  • Medium Service = 12 to 25 Mbps
  • Advanced Service = More than 25 Mbps

Speed Test Apps

Take speed tests during different times of the day and you will start to see ranges of service that will correlate to your online-broadband experiences.

Desktop Speed Test Apps

More WNC Broadband Project Speed Test Articles

Fiber to the home or business will always provide the best internet experience. Low-earth orbit satellite, cable, cellular, and wired connections will provide the next-best broadband experiences; depending on the proximity to the providers. Know you internet speed and understand what you are paying for; as America does not have a lot of competition to optimize your internet experiences.

Our broadband project team is advocating for future-proof broadband for all Western North Carolina residents.


How fast is your internet connection? Here’s an easy way to find out. CNET. Published July 12, 2021. Accessed July 20, 2021. https://www.cnet.com/home/internet/how-fast-is-your-internet-connection-heres-an-easy-way-to-find-out/

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Video Speedtest For Android

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OOKLA Video Testing for Android – Now Available on WNC Broadband Marc Czarnecki’s Google Pixel 4a Smartphone

Speedtest Your Network for Video

Speed testing your video broadband is now available on the Android app and iOS app.

Understanding your home and mobile internet broadband speeds will he you understand why you may be experiencing buffering, video or audio issues with streaming a movie or watching YouTube or video conferencing on apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, GoTo Webinar, and others.

Your Android phone is only as good as the network it’s connecting to. Find out how fast the internet is anywhere in the world with the free Speedtest Android app and the help of our massive global server network.

Discover your download, upload and ping
Real-time graphs show connection consistency
Mobile carrier coverage maps
Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised
Track past tests with detailed reporting
Easily share your results

https://www.speedtest.net/apps/android
OOKLA Speed Test Results – Marc’s Google Pixel 4a 5G on Grove Street in Asheville, NC at about 9:45 a.m. on Monday, July 12th

Video Speedtest Results

The speedtest in the above screenshot indicates:

  • Load Time 1949ms
  • Buffering 0%
  • A maximum resolution of 2160p (4K) is good for video on:
    • Large phones
    • Large tablets
    • Large laptops
    • Large TVs

If you have multiple broadband access points, try connecting and running a speedtest on each access point. Also try running a test early in the morning, evening rush hour, and in at night on various days. These will produce differing broadband speed results with the demands of your access points, including but not limited to; day of week, time of day, other internet connected devices in your home and on the network.

Also See

FCC Speedtest App

OOKLA Speedtest for iOS

Screen recording of OOKLA Speedtest for iOS on an iPhone 7
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New Broadband Map

Federal Maps on Broadband are still wrong & threaten Buncombe County funding

Buncombe County, NC – No broadband need???

Our broadband leadership team continues to advocate for quality broadband in Western North Carolina and we get excited when new ‘Indicators of Broadband Speed’ data becomes available to further assist in making objective decisions for our communities. However, we question the integrity of the data, including for Buncombe County, NC.

Indicators of Broadband Speed

The Indicators of Broadband Need map was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). 

The map uses several different data sources to show information on broadband availability within the United States. 

Layers in this map were created using data sourced from the American Community Survey collected by the U.S. Census, Measurement Lab (M-Lab), Ookla, Microsoft and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

A description of each data set is given in the map linked at the bottom of this blog as well as information on how to download the county, census tract and census block level data used in the map.

Comments from our WNC Broadband

  • New federal maps are an important small step in the right direction that point out the real extent of the problem.
  • New federal maps are still woefully inaccurate and show many areas as covered that are not because of the Swiss Cheese network with many small holes (see map below).
Buncombe Swiss Cheese Broadband
Buncombe Swiss Cheese Broadband Network
  • It will take years for the federal government to develop accurate maps given the mandate processes and the IT work involved
  • Therefore, the federal maps should not drive funding in the near term.
  • Near term funding must be driven at the local (county) and state level where local knowledge and feet on the street can determine where funding and build-out is critically needed.

Please contact a member of the WNC Broadband Leadership Team with any additional thoughts or comments.


New federal broadband maps show stark differences in access, affordability. Nbcnews.com. Published June 18, 2021. Accessed June 20, 2021. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna1220

NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country | National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Ntia.gov. Published 2021. Accessed June 20, 2021. https://www.ntia.gov/press-release/2021/ntia-creates-first-interactive-map-help-public-see-digital-divide-across-country