FCC Launches 'FCC Speed Test' iPhone App to Measure Mobile Broadband Performance

The FCC today launched a new ad-free FCC Speed Test app for iOS devices, designed to measure mobile broadband performance. The app is an expansion of the Measuring Broadband America program, which aims to measure both fixed and mobile broadband to “bring greater clarity and competition to the broadband service marketplace.”

Like other mobile speed testing apps, the FCC's app analyzes mobile broadband performance (both Wi-Fi and cellular) and displays a breakdown of download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss. It also keeps a historical record of mobile speeds for comparison of performance over time.

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The FCC is using data collected from the app to build an aggregated map of mobile broadband performance across the country, but it does not collect personally identifying information aside from carrier, country code, and GPS location.
Privacy is paramount. The FCC has taken significant measures to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of volunteers for this program. Using privacy measures developed and reviewed by a diverse team of privacy experts, any data that could potentially identify specific smartphones is analyzed and processed to ensure privacy protection.
The FCC previously launched an FCC Speed Test app for Android back in November and has published multiple reports on broadband performance as part of Measuring Broadband America.

FCC Speed Test can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 9 months ago

Yes, of all the speed benchmarking apps out there, let's use the one that openly transmits data to the Federal government. What a good idea.

The horror of the federal government knowing your internet speeds. You know, the same federal government that issued your social security number, and has your tax returns with your employment information and income, investment, and banking information. Yeah, we definitely need to worry about the federal government knowing about internet speeds.
Rating: 24 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
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Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

Nope. Requires the malware called Flash.

speedof.me is HTML5.


They're referring to the Speedtest.net iPhone app.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

Yes, of all the speed benchmarking apps out there, let's use the one that openly transmits data to the Federal government. What a good idea.


Actually, it's a brilliant idea. Net neutrality is super important. Unless you work for Verizon...
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

Any ideas why the FCC app shows my wifi speeds @ 10-15 MBPS slower than Speedtest?


Your ISP hasn't caught on yet. Don't worry soon enough they will. Then you'll magically be getting max Mbps when your connection otherwise sucks.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

I don't know where you live but here in the US the traffic speeds are governed by each State and not the Federal Government. Besides, the traffic speeds are controlled for public safety reasons and that's exactly where the government business should end, not In someone's computer in Washington telling the private companies how they should run their business to make money. The privacy lies in GPS location being sent to them. Again, perhaps you don't care that's fine, but I'm not giving them my location for the sake of regulating the internet in more and more ways each time.


1) The government knows where you live and work.

2) The government isn't telling businesses how to make money. They are identifying areas of internet disadvantage through which they can provide incentives for companies to expand services in those areas.

3) GPS was created by, and is owned and operated by the US military. They can track you anyway.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

and don't you think the SSN, taxes, banking, and your entire life is MORE THAN ENOUGH?? Yea while you're at it, give them the websites that you visit too.


Oh for christ's sake!! All of you really think the NSA has time to waste snooping on your internet habits??

Most of you share so much info freely on social networks that no one really needs to snoop to get. It's out there free for all to see.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago
This app sucks as an app and I don't think it's right. It was telling me I was getting 1.91 download so I tried speedtest and it told me I was getting 2.78 and that's what it shoul be I'm always right around 2.80 download.


Dear Google
I really really could use google fiber so I can stop crying myself to sleep every night.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

Since when is the Fed Gov good at anything in business?That is exactly none of this government business. What if Comcrap doesn't care about their speeds compared to the rest of the world?? Are they supposed to bend over because big daddy sitting in Washington thinks the they should provide faster speeds? Why not let businesses decide that for themselves?


Internet is becoming a public utility. The same is true, and had been for many years, regarding phones,tv, electric, gas, etc. the government puts in place guidelines and laws so that these companies cannot take advantage of you. What is keeping the power company from charging you $15 per kWh? Well, "big daddy", as you so elegantly put it, is doing that. They are simply moving to do this with Internet because it is being accepted as a utility, no longer a luxury.

Not sure why so any people are so upset by this in the this thread. This is all volunteered information. Want to help make sure you get quality service and rates reflecting that service? Use this app when checking speeds. Don't care to do any of the above? That's perfectly fine too.

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1) The government knows where you live and work.

2) The government isn't telling businesses how to make money. They are identifying areas of internet disadvantage through which they can provide incentives for companies to expand services in those areas.

3) GPS was created by, and is owned and operated by the US military. They can track you anyway.


You sir, are informed (that's rare here)

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Uh, since when is GPS location NOT personally identifying information? :confused:

Mark


I suppose you could make the argument that if you're using this inside your residence, that is personally identifying. Outside of that, the data would be something like dot on a map with some signal and speed information. That can literally be anyone at any time representing that dot.

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Since when is the Fed Gov good at anything in business?That is exactly none of this government business. What if Comcrap doesn't care about their speeds compared to the rest of the world?? Are they supposed to bend over because big daddy sitting in Washington thinks the they should provide faster speeds? Why not let businesses decide that for themselves?


In sure you enjoy that your electric bill isn't 15x the price that it xurrentky is simply because it "can be". You also have the right and abikity to shop from another power company and simply pay a delivery fee to whoever is your area provider. You have the Federal Government (the one you imply is no good at business) to thank for that.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 9 months ago

No, you don't get the point. It might be meaningless to you but the more details the more information wealthy they get, the more precedent they set and the more they know meaningless things about you THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS in knowing. Or do you not care about privacy anymore? what the heck.

They do have some business knowing internet speeds as they do or should be regulating some parts of that so that we aren't at the mercy of a few huge companies colluding together and deciding what's good for them at the cost of proper services to us. What's private about internet speeds anyway? It's like monitoring the speeds of traffic on the roads...oh, hey, they already do that and no one's privacy has suffered over it.

The whole slippery slope thing is pretty meaningless when they already have the important data at the end of the slope anyway (the actual meaningful data that affects our lives like SSN information and pretty much everything else important that gives access to).
Rating: 4 Votes

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