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NM Broadband Speed & Quality Testing

The New Mexico Broadband Program (NMBBP) is soliciting your assistance in identifying those areas within New Mexico having inadequate broadband service. A “Speed Test” is a simple way of doing this. The NMBBP is suggesting that you conduct this Speed Test repeatedly during the week and at different times in the day. This will help us analyze the difference between peak hour load and low use periods.

The NMBBP will gather these data, map the results, and aggregate them into categories to assess the level of services within New Mexico. Please be assured your individual addresses will not be shared, yet information will be aggregated into neighborhood blocks to provide a picture of broadband performance. These data will assist in planning and funding requests for building more broadband access.


Glossary of Terms

  • Bandwidth: the rate at which data can be transmitted between your computer and the testing servers.
  • kbps or kb/s: kilobits per second – a measure of Bandwidth. File sizes are normally indicated in terms of “bytes”; one byte is equal to 8 bits. In other words, 1000 kilobits per second is equal to 125 kilobytes per second.
  • Mbps or Mb/s: Megabits per second – another measure of Bandwidth. One Megabit is equal to 1024 kilobits.
  • Packet: a unit of data capable of being routed through a computer network.
  • Latency: the time it takes for a single packet of data to be sent from your computer to the testing server and back (the “round trip” time). This is measured in milliseconds, or thousandths of a second.
  • Jitter: a measure of the variability in Latency.