FCC Updates Speed Test App

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The FCC Monday released an updated version of its Speed Test app, designed to help consumers understand the performance of their mobile broadband equipment. The app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, can now work with the latest versions of the iOS and Android operating systems. 

Like its predecessor, the updated app allows users to test their cellular and WiFi network performance for download and upload speed, latency, jitter, and packet loss. Concerning privacy, the app does not collect personal or uniquely identifiable information. Get the iOS version here and the Android version here.

FCC CTO Dr. Monisha Ghosh called the updated app an important tool. “These improvements will build on the success of this effort over the years and help the FCC bridge the digital divide. The app has also been updated to collect information about 5G networks to help inform the agency in its work on next-generation wireless services.” 

The FCC Speed Test app supports the Commission’s open broadband data program, contributing to information made freely available to the public about the nation’s mobile broadband performance in multiple forms. The data also helps inform the Commission’s fact-based decision-making on broadband policy issues. 

These data sets continue to be updated, and the raw data sets are available for public download on the FCC’s webpage. Now included is the latest data for mobile measurements conducted by the FCC Speed Test App through the second quarter of 2020. These data sets will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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