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Measuring Broadband America

FCC Speed Test App

Measuring Broadband America

– Goal to improve availability of broadband network
performance information.
– Core principles
• Provide open and transparent processes and
information on broadband performance

Full disclosure

of collected data consistent with our
privacy policy


with 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
prevent re-identification.


How it works

– Available to download from
Google Play.
– Tests will run as requested by
the user, and also automatically
on a regularly-scheduled basis.
• Measures speed, latency, and
packet loss.
• 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
broadband network
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
collection works.
• Use it! Test it! Tell us how to make it better, and what
else we should be doing to empower consumers.
• Contact us at


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