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2022 Latency Benchmark Report

The internet does not deliver the same user experience everywhere across the US, even in “high tech” cities— and latency in the last mile is the major contributor to user frustration. 

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5G vs LEO vs Cable Home Internet Performance

NetForecast tested and compared performance across a representative collection of fixed wireless, LEO satellite, and cable network providers from December 2022 through May 2023.

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NetForecast’s Comment on the FCC’s Proposed Broadband “Nutrition Label”

NetForecast's response to the FCC’s request for comment on Its proposed broadband “Nutrition Label,” recommending that better latency performance data be included on labels for consumers to comparison shop.

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Q2 2021 Internet Latency Benchmark Report

This report covers latency and loss performance in 10 U.S. metro areas from five ISPs from April through June 2021.

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ISP performance; ISP latency; internet performance

NetForecast Report Analyzes ISP Latency Patterns from March 2020 through March 2021

NetForecast measured internet latency and packet loss for five major US ISPs across 10 metro areas for 13 months and uncovered a number of important trends.

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ISP performance; internet service provider performance; ISP latency; internet latency

Q1 2021 Internet Latency Benchmark Report

Quarterly report for Q1 2021 that scores internet latency experienced by users in the US by major metropolitan area and by major ISP.

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elearning; bandwidth elearning

NetForecast Report on Bandwidth Requirements for eLearning

Learning from the COVID pandemic, NetForecast identifies the minimum network bandwidth needed for an acceptable eLearning experience.

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NetForecast Report on Starlink Latency

NetForecast conducted a head-to-head comparison between Starlink and a cable ISP, finding it to show great potential to perform comparably to terrestrial ISPs.

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NetForecast’s First Internet Latency Benchmark Report

NetForecast’s groundbreaking Internet Latency Benchmark Report draws on end-to-end test data to produce a score that uniquely incorporates the contribution of latency and loss into a single latency/loss score that is sensitive to deviations from normal.

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videoconferencing; bandwidth videoconferencing; internet speeds

NetForecast’s Report on Minimum Network Bandwidth/Latency/Loss Thresholds for Acceptable Videoconferencing

A post-pandemic report that identifies the minimum network bandwidth, latency, and loss thresholds needed for acceptable videoconferencing.

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Century Link outage

CenturyLink’s Nationwide Outage as Measured by NetForecast’s Benchmark Reporting Network

As an independent Internet benchmarking service, NetForecast collects data nationwide to produce a score uniquely suited to reporting this type of event based on testing that always includes the middle mile and the combined contribution of latency and loss into a single score.

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Comcast’s Network Performance Measurement System Results Data

Comcast engaged NetForecast to review hourly summaries of measurements generated by the system to verify the collection methodology and system accuracy and to examine the impact of COVID-19 stay-at-home measures on the speed test results.

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NetForecast Design Audit Report of Comcast’s Network Performance Measurement System

Comcast engaged NetForecast to audit the design of their Internet connection speed measurement system to ensure it overcomes inherent shortcomings.

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