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Data from the accurately-named broadband speed testing site speedtest.net has been released. Ookla is the company behind the site, and they discuss the data on their website. While no Kentucky cities made the top ten list for speed, the commonwealth’s average broadband speed is a bit higher than other parts of the south, and much of the mountain west.
This data may skew toward urban speeds, as broadband access is still low in many rural areas in Kentucky. GigaOM has a breakdown:
Mike Apgar, co-founder and managing partner of three-year-old Ookla, said the indexes will measure broadband speeds, ping times and jitter. His goal is to move the testing beyond the tech-savvy market (we use it!), so as to get a better sense of how broadband speeds really play out across the world. The FCC is encouraging consumers to use the sites (Ookla also runs a site that tests jitter and packet loss at pingtest.net) as part of its nationwide testing goals, and many of Ookla’s ISP customers also offer the test to their customers and host Ookla’s servers.
Providing tests for ISPs is actually most of Ookla’s business. The next plank of the business strategy is the index data: Ookla hopes to provide the information for free to academic researchers, but it also plans to charge ISPs, analysts and governments for it. Ookla has no debt or venture capital, and is profitable.