Measuring Broadband America
FCC Speed Test App
Measuring Broadband America– Goal to improve availability of broadband network
– Core principles
• Provide open and transparent processes and
information on broadband performance
Full disclosureof collected data consistent with our
Collaborationwith industry, academia, and other
Fixed Broadband Tests– Since 2011, the Commission has gathered data and
released three reports on fixed broadband performance.
– The goal was to ensure accountability, increase
transparency, and enhance competition in the market.
– The reports have spurred investment and helped
consumers make informed decisions about the
Expansion to Mobile– We will now be expanding the program to mobile broadband
networks by releasing the FCC Speed Test App for Android.
– Mobile broadband is now part of consumers’ everyday lives.
– We employ the same core principles.
• Our goal was to develop an app that provides open and transparent
information to consumers about their mobile broadband
• We hope this information will encourage improvements in mobile
broadband networks and drive competition and fact-based decision
Consumer privacy is our top priority.– We worked with a diverse team of privacy experts from
the federal government, academia, and industry to
develop policies and procedures.
– Data collection is fully anonymous. No personal or
identifiable information is collected.
– Prior to release of data, a technical privacy expert will
analyze its statistical properties to ensure anonymity and
How it works– Available to download from
– Tests will run as requested by
the user, and also automatically
on a regularly-scheduled basis.
• Measures speed, latency, and
• The app is set with a default
data limit of 100 MB per
month. Users may increase or
decrease this amount from
within the app.
Performance History– Consumers can view
performance history to see
changes in their mobile
performance over time.
Why download the FCC Speed Test app?– Knowledge is power.
• Easy to use.
• Volunteers get detailed, free information about their own mobile
network performance (e.g. speed, latency, and packet loss).
– How fast is my LTE when I’m at home? What about on the
metro? Is it as fast as advertised?
• Like the fixed broadband measurement program, we expect
transparency will both encourage wireless providers to improve
their networks and provide the Commission with additional data
to make fact-based decisions.
Visualizing the Mobile Landscape– Early next year, we will begin releasing interactive tools to
help consumers to make informed decisions. For example:
• Mobile broadband maps that let consumers compare local
• Comparisons by technology so consumers can decide whether to
upgrade their phones.
• Further tools and reports based on recommendations from
consumers, public interest groups, and stakeholders.
We want feedback.– Everything is open source.
• Inspect our code to verify its integrity and how the data
• Use it! Test it! Tell us how to make it better, and what
else we should be doing to empower consumers.
• Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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