Measuring Broadband America (MBA) is an ongoing, rigorous nationwide study of consumer broadband performance in the United States. In September 2012, the FCC expanded the program to include information on mobile broadband service performance in the United States. The program uses the FCC Speed Test app for Android and iPhone devices to test the performance of volunteers' smartphone mobile broadband services. The FCC Speed Test App collects broadband performance data that includes upload and download speed, latency and packet loss, as well as the wireless performance characteristics of the broadband connection and the kind of handsets and versions of operating systems tested.
De-Identified Data Available to the Public - Coarsened Data
The MBA Program's policy of openness and transparency includes the public description and availability of the mechanisms, methodology, and data produced by the study. The FCC periodically releases all data collected through the program as part of unaudited data sets. Such data is provided "as is" with the FCC making no assertion as to the quality of such data. Specifically, the extensive integrity checking that is performed preparing data for Commission reports during both the collection and in post-collection data analysis and processing has not been performed on this raw collected data. Because such necessary auditing of data is not performed on non-report data, the data is unsuitable for FCC use in comparing ISP performance. At the present time there are no plans for a mobile broadband performance report, but the FCC recognizes that this data collected with the aid of a volunteer community can have value to the research community and others interested in broadband network performance, and releases it for this purpose.
The coarsening method used for mobile data provided after the second quarter of 2018 has been modified. Changes that vary from the technical data guides are identified in the read-me files that are included with the data set.
|2018||2018Q12.tar||(333 MB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|2017||2017.tar||(632MB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|2016||2016Q12.tar||(621MB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|2016Q34.tar||(432MB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|2015||2015.tar||(1.3GB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|2014||2014.tar||(1.6GB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|2013||2013Q4.tar||(267MB) File list and sizes of Archive|
|Data Dictionaries and Information|
|2021||FCC Mobile App Data Dictionary (Raw Data) - Android and iOS.xlsx||(63k) Mobile Data Dictionary for Android and iOS Spreadsheet|
|2020||measuring_broadband_america-mobile_data_dictionary-android-csv-json.xlsx||(25k) Mobile Data Dictionary for Android Spreadsheet|
|measuring_broadband_america-mobile_data_dictionary-ios-csv-json.xlsx||(23k) Mobile Data Dictionary for iOS Spreadsheet|
|2016||Exparte Notice (October 20, 2016)||Mobile Collaborative Meeting on Privacy and Open Data Processing|
|1992||Cellular Market Areas (CMA)||FCC Areas Geographic Reference Data|
|Data set scripts and descriptions|
|2021||FCC Speed Test App Technical Description||(607k) Description of technical features, supporting system architecture, and data collection methodologies|
|2018||2018 Mobile Measurement Open Data Release Technical||(774K) descriptions of data and privacy analysis specific to 2018 data release|
|Exports-SQL-2018.tar||(774K) SQL Export Scripts|
|2016||2016 Mobile Measurement Open Data Release Technical||(607K) HTML and PDF descriptions of collection methodology, data and privacy analysis|
|Exports-SQL-2016.tar||(432K) SQL Export Scripts|