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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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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

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Working From Home Digital Literacy

WFH or Working From Home requires knowledge of internet speeds and the factors that contribute to your online experiences. Running a speed test helps to understand:

  • How long will it take to upload and download files?
  • Videos streaming experience?
  • Video conference experience?
    • Video pixelation – is the video optimized to present you and your network as clear as possible?
    • Audio without latency ?
    • No conference dropouts or re-connects?
  • Responsive smartphone, laptop, tablet, or game console use with your home WiFi?
  • IoT – Internet of Things, that work?

Consider running an internet speed test to understand the variables throughout the day including:

  • Time of day
  • Number of users in household online
  • Video demands
  • Weather – for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) or satellites

The WNC Broadband project is advocating on your behalf for future-proof solutions that provide internet connectivity and digital literacy for all.


Liam Tung. (2021, June 10). Best internet speed test 2021: Test your connection. ZDNet; ZDNet. https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-internet-speed-test/

Also See

Speed Test Best Practices

FCC Speed Test Mobile App

‌Broadband 101

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Ookla Speedtest App – iOS

New to the Ookla Speedtest app on iOS is a feature to specifically test your broadband network’s ability to stream video.

The Apple iPhone (iOS) Ookla Speedtest app has a feature measuring the ability to stream video and at what resolution:

  • Adaptive bitrate
  • 1080p
  • 1440p
  • 4K

Feedback on Marc’s iPhone 7 on the Speedtest app – Video:

  • Maximum resolution of 2160p (4K) is good for video on:
    • Large phones
    • Large tablets
    • Large laptops
    • Large TVs
Project team member Marc’s iPhone 7 Ookla Speedtest app, NEW VIDEO feature – screen recording

Download the Speedtest iOS app by Ookla here


Porter, J. (2021, February 8). Speedtest app now measures your network’s ability to stream video. Theverge.com; The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2021/2/8/22272018/speedtest-video-streaming-benchmark-4k-1440p-1080p-ookla-ios

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Connect K-12

Classrooms no longer have chalk boards. Children do have technology everywhere. Technology requires bandwidth. Digital tools are important for tech-infused educational growth. Adequate high-speed internet is needed for our schools future.

The homework gap is personified when there is digital inequality.

Broadband Speeds / Student

To enable digital learning in every classroom every day, the FCC recommends 1Mbps per student.

How do our bigger K-12 compare?

Connect K-12 has some current, free data for review:

Connected Nations Podcast

Learn more about digital equity for our WNC children.

Listen to this Connected Nations podcast.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/connected-nations-podcast/id1508008735#episodeGuid=Buzzsprout-6692588

Advocate for Broadband

The Western North Carolina is advocating for broadband for all residents.

Digital inclusion is critical to our economic future!

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Broadband Upload

Internet Speed Isn’t Just Download

When you take an internet speed test you are provided with 1) Upload, 2) Download, and 3) Latency/Ping data speed information.

Children at home that connect to schools, play games in the cloud, video share via cell phones; and, home workers that have files to upload and video conferences; these are upload uses of available broadband.

Additionally, Machine to Machine (M2M) is the data of connectivity for your home’s Internet-of-Things (IoT) connected devices. This upload data continues to consume growing upload bandwidth with our devices.

Global Device/Connection Growth by Type by 2022 – Cisco. Note the RED line indicating strong growth of M2M or IoT device that demand more internet upload resources.

But did you know the Federal Communications Commission and many ISPs did not anticipate the significant degree of bandwidth use and upload speeds necessary for these our current COVID environment?

More at NC Broadband Matters Tech Topic Video

The Upload Crisis from NC Broadband Matters

What are your download and upload speeds? Take the WNC Broadband Project Speed Test today.

Benchmark your service at different times during the day.

Are you getting sufficient upload speeds for your needs at home?

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Your Advocates

The Western North Carolina Broadband Project Team continues to advocate for improving high speed internet. Current FCC broadband standards of 25Mbs down and 3Mbs up will not sustain our future of economic growth and education.

Your voice is our future!