FCC releases ‘Speed Test’ app for measuring cellular and Wi-Fi data speeds

By , Feb 26, 2014

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The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has just released a new app for iOS devices called FCC Speed Test. As the name suggests, the app is designed to measure data speeds for both cellular and Wi-Fi connections.

The app is part of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program initiative, which aims to better inform consumers about mobile broadband performance, and it measures download/upload speed, latency and packet loss…

From the App Store description:

Mobile broadband has become part of our everyday infrastructure. We hope the app helps provide greater clarity about your mobile broadband performance. Once installed, you can test your mobile broadband performance at the touch of a button. Aggregated, anonymous data will also help us build a map of mobile broadband performance across the country.

- Run manual tests on Download Speed, Upload Speed, Latency and Packet Loss. (Make sure to disable Wi-Fi before testing cellular broadband speeds.)
- Additional passive metrics collected such as Carrier, Country Code and GPS location.
- Access real-time performance data on your device.
- Historical results available at the touch of a screen.
- Be a volunteer! You can help the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program in developing the first open and transparent information on mobile broadband performance in the United States.
- By default, there is a 100 MB limit per month but this can be changed according to your preference–always consider your broadband usage carefully on limited data allowance plans.

The FCC is using the data that it collects from the app to build a country-wide map of mobile broadband performance. Now, anytime an app mentions that it ‘collects data’ it raises a few red flags, but the Commission says privacy is paramount.

“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.”

If you’re interested, you can find FCC Speed Test in the App Store for free.

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  • Pato111

    First!!!! Yes;)

    • http://www.bearsstillsuck.com/ Simon

      NO

  • Pato111

    That cannabis was perfecto. HigH

  • evilness9999

    i smell the nsa having alot to do with this app… stay away from it.

    • Jason Masters

      You are on point sir exactly on point

  • Jonathan Liu

    Why has Disqus stopped showing down votes? :(

    • Jerry

      This new layout sucks :(

  • jacobkwright

    I’ve been using ookla speedtest for a long time now…works great. I use it everytime I connect to a new wifi connection, or fly in to a new city.

    • Matthew Cleveland

      Same for myself. I was wondering if this FCC app would be a better one to switch to.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Goverment agent created app vs non government agency created app. Seems like a simple decision to me

      • Matthew Cleveland

        It did to me too, I was just hoping for some reviews of both.

  • Jason Dennery

    Uh, seems to be crashing on launch for me.

    Anyone else having this issue?

    Jail broken 5s running iOS 7.0.6