FCC Speed Test
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What does it do?
The FCC Speed Test app accurately measures your mobile broadband performance and displays an in-depth view of its factors (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss).
Why download it?
Learn about your mobile broadband performance in one click. Track it over time.
What about privacy?
No personally-identifiable information is collected whatsoever. Testing is totally anonymous.
Still curious? Read below for more detail.
Mobile broadband has become part of our everyday infrastructure. We hope the app helps provide greater clarity about your mobile broadband performance.
Once installed, you can test your mobile broadband performance at the touch of a button. Aggregated, anonymous data will also help us build a map of mobile broadband performance across the country.
Privacy is paramount. The FCC has taken significant measures to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of volunteers for this program. Using privacy measures developed and reviewed by a diverse team of privacy experts, any data that could potentially identify specific smartphones is analyzed and processed to ensure privacy protection.
How does this help you?
•Run manual tests on Download Speed, Upload Speed, Latency and Packet Loss. (Make sure to disable Wi-Fi before testing cellular broadband speeds.)
•Additional passive metrics collected such as Carrier, Country Code and GPS location.
•Access real-time performance data on your device.
•Historical results available at the touch of a screen.
•Be a volunteer! You can help the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program in developing the first open and transparent information on mobile broadband performance in the United States.
•By default, there is a 100 MB limit per month but this can be changed according to your preference--always consider your broadband usage carefully on limited data allowance plans.
•The app is ad-free.
What's New in Version 1.93
Fixed issues related to iOS 8.
Need Auto Testing
The app is simple and I love the concept of proving to the utility monopolies that they don't deliver what they advertise. My provider is Frontier Communications and it may be the worst service in America, and it's the only thing available without getting Satellite service that is 3x the cost and has super low bandwidth caps (if I update my iPhone, there goes half my cap for a month). I just did a speed test and got 0.2 Mbps when they advertise and I pay for 6.0 Mbps with Frontier. I would like to have this app performance tests 1-3x a day automatically to show the lack of service.
Regarding reviewers questioning if this is a truly an app written by/for the government. Go to the fcc-dot-gov website. Go to The FCC menu, the encyclopedia menu then measuring mobile broadband speeds. Select iPhone app... You will be taken here.
That said, the app is ok.
Use this often! Watchdog corporations!
I do wish this wasn't quite so data heavy for capped cellular data plans. Maybe get in the traffic uses exempted in the name if public policy?
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Nov 08, 2014
- Version: 1.93
- Size: 4.2 MB
- Languages: English, Portuguese
- Seller: Samknows Limited
- © 2011-2014 SamKnows
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.