The FCC Speed Test app is part of both the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection (BDC) and its Measuring Broadband America programs. The BDC tests run by users will help to improve the accuracy of the FCC’s broadband maps showing mobile coverage areas. The Measuring Broadband America program assists with improving the transparency, accuracy, and availability of data on the performance of broadband services in the United States.
● Run tests in Speed Test mode to check your connection or in Challenge mode to challenge wireless coverage and improve the FCC’s Broadband Map.
● Monitor data usage and set a monthly data usage cap to minimize the data limit excess on a monthly data plan.
● Store test results to compare them over time.
● Export a .zip file containing data collected during tests, as well as additional passive data supported by your device.
Before You Install
The new FCC Speed Test app replaces the legacy version. If you have installed a prior version of this app and wish to retain data obtained by these earlier versions, the data needs to be exported to your device or emailed to you. All previous test results will be permanently deleted upon installation of this new FCC Speed Test app version.
Your privacy is safeguarded, and you can opt-in to share information with certain parties. See the Privacy Notice or download the app for more information.
The app may share contact information with your provider to help the FCC build more accurate mobile broadband coverage maps, along with information on the conditions in which the test was run.
The Bigger Picture
By using the FCC Speed Test app, you will help improve the FCC’s maps of mobile coverage across America. The data from these tests contribute to the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection and the Measuring Broadband America programs. The programs are run by the FCC to fulfill its Congressional mandates to collect and make publicly available accurate and transparent performance metrics on U.S. broadband.
More information on the Broadband Data Collection: https://www.fcc.gov/BroadbandData
This version includes an option to send your test results to the FCC as part of a program that allows the public to challenge and improve the accuracy of mobile wireless coverage data on the FCC’s National Broadband Map. More accurate maps will enable funding programs to target support for broadband services to the areas of the U.S. most in need of better mobile coverage.
Ratings and Reviews
Seems to be clear and accurate, but Upload test fails for me
I’m on a microwave relay link in Oregon - the only broadband option I have - and this app correctly reports my expected download speed, which accords with my own anecdotal observations.
However the app’s “upload” test reports FAILED immediately, which - considering that uploads from my network via browser, SFTP, icloud, email, etc, all work fine - makes me suspect the app has an issue. I’ve tried multiple times without success, and I see from these reviews that I’m not alone seeing this behavior. I know these reviews aren’t meant to be tech support, but there doesn’t seem to be any (obvious) way to submit a problem report from within the app.
An obvious issue
You can’t load this apps help Contant when you don’t have a signal. That seems pretty silly.
Also, it’s not really clear if a test taken with zero signal will be submitted once you have a signal again. Actually, I don’t think it tells you which of your test results have been automatically submitted even when you do have a signal.
Speed test with FCC minding the store
This refers to the version of the app released January 2021. The app seems to be transparent about privacy and can be constrained to not use to minimize mobile data. The app is light weight by modern standards, “only,” 35 megabytes.
This app seems to give somewhat more optimistic performance ratings than Ookla or Dslreports/speetest. Hmm, maybe ISPs are cooking the books a little to make sure that when Uncle Sam is watching, performance looks better than it would otherwise. This app can’t be faulted for any cooking of the books ISPs might do.
It is worthwhile to run this app so Uncle Sam can build an ISP performance database.
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- Requires iPadOS 13.0 or later.
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- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
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