The Federal Communications Commission wants to collect data on what broadband speeds are in the United States. To this end, the FCC has released a speed test application, which is now available for Android and iOS.
The FCC Speed Test application is part of the Commission’s broadband data collection initiative, which aims to obtain a comprehensive overview of the state of broadband in America. The application is similar to other available speed testing applications, providing users with tools to test the performance of their mobile and internal broadband networks.
“To fill the gap between digital capabilities and things, we are working to build a comprehensive, easy-to-use set of broadband data,”
The FCC Speed Test application will provide test results to the user and the FCC; The commission said the information gathered by volunteers under the program was private and confidential. By providing broadband information to the FCC, it will be able to compare data from Internet service providers such as AT&T and Verizon.
“The application will continue to be used so that consumers can challenge cards provided by the provider when broadband data collection systems become available,” a press release said.
Like On the edge points out that broadband advocates have challenged self – reported cards from service providers, arguing that they could be exaggerated. In addition to using the FCC application, the Commission has also asked the public to verify the facts of the ISP’s data by sending a form with their address if they are on a current broadband map.
The FCC Speed Test app is now available for Android and iOS.