* You must have a fixed line broadband Internet connection to your residence.
* You must use a standalone device to connect to your broadband service (i.e NOT a USB ADSL modem)
* You must have a stable broadband connection (i.e. it doesnâ€™t disconnect frequently).
* You must not be a heavy downloader
* You must have a spare power socket near your existing router (or wherever you plan to connect the unit. Keep in mind that a network cable must run between the unit and your router thoughâ€¦they will supply a 1m cable).
* You need to be on one of the ISPs that they are measuring.
* You cannot be an employee or a family member of an employee of one of the ISPs being monitored.
We’re pleased to say that the details you originally supplied match the type of broadband connection we’re looking to measure. We need to ask you for more information to be certain, and to do this we’ve built a speed-test and accompanying form, which can be found by clicking here.
If you could run the speed test and complete the additional information, we’ll then be able to ensure that we get a representative sample of broadband connections.
If successful, you will receive a SamKnows enabled high-spec NETGEAR router, we’ll also give you access to the SamKnows reporting system so you can see your own data and we’ll send you a monthly report card detailing your ISP’s performance.
To check whether your broadband connection is what we’re looking for please complete the details here. Thank you again for participating in this landmark project to measure the performance of American broadband. We look forward to working with you!
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I've been doing a bit of research on what they do with the router while it's in use. The router itself uses a custom SK firmware, which seems to be a pain to install your own firmware on top for the router (IE: Tomato ) Basically it does a couple of line tests daily, and then send that info to SK which then send that info to your ISP to help improve the connection. No personal info is gathered through the router. Since they are working with the FCC on this project, I feel a little bit better using a router with someone else's custom firmware on top of it.
Now remember, if you are accepted into this program, SK has the right to request the router itself back, and from what I've been reading, after 3 years then the router is yours, but who in there right mind would ask for a 3 year old router back at that time? lol I'm sure in that time, there should be a decent amount of network changes to where they may upgrade the routers to industry standards.
Anyways, here is the e-mail I received.
Join SamKnows & the FCC's campaign.
Help shape the future of American broadband!
Thank you for volunteering to participate in the SamKnows Broadband Performance Measurement Study, in association with the FCC.
We now have all your relevant ISP details and you're just the kind of person we're looking for. So welcome to the SamKnows Broadband Community!
If you would like to confirm your participation in the study, please read and agree to the study’s Terms & Conditions.
We've said it before, and we really do mean it – thank you for your support. Through your participation in this study, you can play a part in changing the face of American broadband.
Omg, i almost delete the email, but I scanned through one more time and found my email stating that I met the requirements... I was looking for the sender name to be the same as the 1st email they sent lol But yea I'm getting it too, Hope it's better than the one I have now *spits on linksys* :kekeke:
Depends on if you like helping the govt to do research or not. If you go to broadband.gov, you can see broadband penetration in the US. However, this data is currently only based on ISP reports of speed/throughput. The free router is kind of like a neilsen box for your internet. The feds will use the data gathered to generate more reports, which in turn, will help influence future ligislation, FCC policies, grants/financial initiatives to bridge the digital divide, etc. They'll also be able to gather research related to "are you getting the service the ads say you'll get?"
In my area, we rarely get advertised speeds, yet if you look at the chart on broadband.gov, you'll see Verizon reports we get great throughput; running the various speedchecks on the net negates Verizon's claims, and cable is even worse. I eagerly signed on for this router, as I'd like to provide the govt data that will help them see how bogus the various local broadband providers claims are. The only thing that disappoints me is that the Feds choose a UK based company with which to partner on this. No US IT companies could do this?