New data from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that consumers in some states are being asked to pay more for internet service.
The FCC has said that it plans to roll out data from a new website called Speedtest.org to allow consumers to see if they’re being throttled.
The new website, which is accessible to all US consumers, includes data on average internet speeds from major US internet service providers (ISPs).
While it’s not clear how much data the FCC has collected, the site suggests that a customer can expect speeds between 150 and 500 megabits per second (Mbps) over the course of a month.
That means the average consumer in many US states will be paying an average of $6.83 a month, the FCC said in a press release.
That would mean consumers would have to pay nearly $1,200 a year in additional charges to get the same speeds, if they have a cable modem, hotspot, or DSL modem.
This isn’t the first time that the FCC’s speed test has come under fire.
In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FDNY) warned that ISPs could be making it harder for consumers to access the internet.
In response, the ISP industry said that its own data showed speeds could be much faster than the data published by the FCC.
It’s not just about the price of the cable or satellite modem, the ISPs argue.
The data collected by the Speedtest site suggests consumers could be paying up to $2.50 a month for speeds up to 300 Mbps.
However, the FTC said the data does not take into account the costs of upgrades or data caps, or the cost of additional data services.
In a statement, FCC spokesman Devin Smith said that the agency has “no plans to expand our speed test data collection to include speeds beyond those previously published”.
It’s also not clear if the FCC plans to update the SpeedTest website.
The agency said it would update the site as soon as it received more data.