Measuring Broadband America
FCC Speed Test App
Measuring Broadband America
– Goal to improve availability of broadband network
– Core principles
• Provide open and transparent
information on broadband performance
of collected data consistent with our
with industry, academia, and other
Fixed Broadband Tests
– Since 2011, the Commission has gathered data and
released three reports on fixed
– 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.
– 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