The US Government Wants to Monitor Your Internet UsageCategory: Internet
Posted: June 2, 2010 11:46AM
The Federal Communications Commission wants to monitor your internet connection, but not to catch you doing anything illegal. The FCC wants to attach a specialized router to your connection to monitor speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss among others. This is a part of the National Broadband Plan to map internet speed and availability in an attempt to improve internet in the country. The FCC is seeking 10,000 volunteers that have a stable broadband connection, aren't heavy downloaders, and don't have a bandwidth cap. By collecting this data, the FCC hopes to gain valuable information that will help to improve broadband and catch up with other countries in speed, and hopefully price. Volunteers will be able to see all the information collected through a web interface. If you are interested, you can sign up here.