Second Chance - A look at the diversity in broadband access networks
John P. Rula, Zachary S. Bischof and Fabián E. Bustamante
To appear in Proc. Sigcomm C2B(I)D Workshop, August, 2015.
Evanston, IL 60201, USA
In recognition of the increasing importance of broadband, several governments have embarked on large-scale efforts to measure broadband services from devices within end-user’s homes. Participants for these studies were selected based on features that, a priori, were thought to be relevant to service performance such as geographic region, access technology and subscription level. Every new-year deployment since has followed the same model, ensuring that the number of measurement points remains stable despite the natural churn.
In this paper, we start to explore the issue of vantage point selection in residential broadband networks by lever- aging the publicly available datasets collected as part of the FCC Broadband America study. We present the first analysis of the variation of performance in edge networks and diversity of individual vantage points. We explore the underlying causes of this diversity through a factor analysis of contextual factors within an ISP such as the geographic location of subscribers. The goal of this analysis is to inform additional deployments in ongoing studies, and guide the design and deployment of future investigations into broadband networks.