The FCC has released a speed test app, as a part of the agency’s broader efforts to collect more accurate broadband speed data across the country. FCC Speed Test app works similarly to other speed-testing apps and is now available for Android and iOS.
“To close the gap between digital haves and have nots, we are working to build a comprehensive, user-friendly dataset on broadband availability,” said Acting Chairwoman Rosenworvel on Monday. “Expanding the base of consumers who use the FCC Speed Test app will enable us to provide improved coverage information to the public and add to the measurement tools we’re developing to show where broadband is truly available throughout the United States.”
The app automatically collects and displays the data after the user clicked on the “Start testing” button. And according to FCC, this app will provide test results to the user as well as to the FCC.
“The app will also be used in the future for consumers to challenge provider-submitted maps when the Broadband Data Collection systems become available,” reads a statement in a press release.
As reported by The Verge, “The FCC’s current coverage maps are built from self-reported data from internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon. In doing so, the process has allowed ISPs to exaggerate their current coverage, drawing heated criticism from broadband access advocates.”
Additionally, the Commission has also asked the public to fact-check ISP data by entering their address in a form if they’re located in a current broadband map.