Broadband Performance Testing

To ensure recipients of high-cost support are meeting their service obligations, the FCC has established a uniform framework for measuring the speed and latency performance of fixed voice and broadband services for recipients of high-cost support. Providers are required to submit testing results as part of their annual compliance certification. Carriers that do not comply with the speed and latency requirements will be subject to a reduction in support, commensurate with their level of noncompliance.

Broadband performance testing is required for recipients of the Connect America Fund high-cost universal service support, including:

  • price cap carriers accepting model-based CAF Phase II support;
  • rate-of-return carriers, including Alternative Connect America Cost Model and CAF BLS recipients;
  • rural broadband experiment support recipients;
  • Alaska Plan carriers; and
  • CAF Phase II auction winners.

Eligible telecommunications carriers are required to submit testing results as part of their annual Form 481 compliance certifications beginning July 1, 2020. Subsequent to the initial submission, data and certifications will be due by July 1 of each year for the preceding calendar year.

Although the Commission has not yet acted on petitions for reconsideration/applications for review of various aspects of the testing requirements (see links below), it has delayed the testing start date until the first quarter of 2020.

See our broadband reporting and performance testing FAQs (as of August 28, 2019).

Petitions for reconsideration/applications for review of the Network Testing Order:

Hughes Network Services
Micronesian Telecommunications Corporation


USTelecom, et al.



Products and services

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