FCC Launches 'FCC Speed Test' iPhone App to Measure Mobile Broadband Performance

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The FCC today launched a new ad-free FCC Speed Test app for iOS devices, designed to measure mobile broadband performance. The app is an expansion of the Measuring Broadband America program, which aims to measure both fixed and mobile broadband to "bring greater clarity and competition to the broadband service marketplace."

    Like other mobile speed testing apps, the FCC's app analyzes mobile broadband performance (both Wi-Fi and cellular) and displays a breakdown of download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss. It also keeps a historical record of mobile speeds for comparison of performance over time.

    The FCC is using data collected from the app to build an aggregated map of mobile broadband performance across the country, but it does not collect personally identifying information aside from carrier, country code, and GPS location.
    The FCC previously launched an FCC Speed Test app for Android back in November and has published multiple reports on broadband performance as part of Measuring Broadband America.

    FCC Speed Test can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: FCC Launches 'FCC Speed Test' iPhone App to Measure Mobile Broadband Performance
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005

    Speedtest.net is everyone's default.

    Plus, FCC's interface is horrendous.
  3. macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2012
    Mesa, AZ
    Hideous, but I don't expect much from a government app.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2012
    Kissimmee, FL
    Speedtest.net is the best and always will be.
  5. losthorse, Feb 25, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2014

    macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2012
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Not sure why they needed to develop an app, all they need to do is ask the NSA.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2011
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Nope. Requires the malware called Flash.

    speedof.me is HTML5.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    I noticed that too. Vodafone UK 3G, yet the tests are for New York? Something is clearly not right here. I mean 3G? Really?
  10. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    They're referring to the Speedtest.net iPhone app.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    Am I alone in thinking this app already existed?
  12. macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Yes, of all the speed benchmarking apps out there, let's use the one that openly transmits data to the Federal government. What a good idea.
  13. macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2004

    I had this app for years.

    I only just recently deleted it because they turned off the servers the old version tested against.

    This one is just an updated version of the older one. Not a new thing at all.
  14. macrumors Core

    Oct 17, 2011
    The horror of the federal government knowing your internet speeds. You know, the same federal government that issued your social security number, and has your tax returns with your employment information and income, investment, and banking information. Yeah, we definitely need to worry about the federal government knowing about internet speeds.
  15. macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2004
    Actually, it's a brilliant idea. Net neutrality is super important. Unless you work for Verizon...
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Any ideas why the FCC app shows my wifi speeds @ 10-15 MBPS slower than Speedtest?
  17. macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    This app sucks as an app and I don't think it's right. It was telling me I was getting 1.91 download so I tried speedtest and it told me I was getting 2.78 and that's what it shoul be I'm always right around 2.80 download.

    Dear Google
    I really really could use google fiber so I can stop crying myself to sleep every night.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2005
    Why is the FCC collecting Wifi performance data? That data is meaningless since performance of routers vary so widely and has nothing to do with anything.
  19. macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2013
  20. macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Your ISP hasn't caught on yet. Don't worry soon enough they will. Then you'll magically be getting max Mbps when your connection otherwise sucks.
  21. macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2004
    Maybe because very few broadband providers offer speeds faster than even the oldest lamest wifi routers?

    Even plain old 802.11b on a $20 router is faster than most broadband plans...
  22. macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2012
    Graciously yours by the NSA and GCHQ (which explains the UK mobile network).
  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Because if they didn't, wifi results would get mixed in with mobile results?

    If they got enough data, the wifi results may be informing somehow to someone?

    I really don't know, I'm just grasping at straws.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Because Speedtest increases results for those with ISPs that pay them. They want to make you're results look better.

    Source: Worked for Time Warner and Comcast and know how things were setup very well.


    Wat? :confused: 802.11b has a theoretical max of 11 Mbps. You'll never get that speed with it because you have to factor in a million different things like TCP/IP overhead, signal quality/interference, and much more. The standard speed offered by Comcast is 25Mbps and Time Warner is 15Mbps. And those are just the very basic speeds you get with the cheap package. They offer speeds over 100Mbps which even 802.11n will struggle with unless configured correctly (NAT and DHCP can cause issues with getting optimal speeds, among other changes).

    So no, most ISPs do not struggle to supply speeds faster than what most wifi can support. Maybe 5+ years ago. :rolleyes:
  25. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2013
    and don't you think the SSN, taxes, banking, and your entire life is MORE THAN ENOUGH?? Yea while you're at it, give them the websites that you visit too.

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