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FCC Speed Test app reaches 30,000 downloads in first week, generates 40,000 collections of data

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FCC Speed Test app reaches 30,000 downloads in first week, generates 40,000 collections of data
After being available for a week at the Google Play Store, the FCC's crowdsourced speed test app has been downloaded 30,000 times. No, that kind of response is not going to put the app on anyone's top ten list based on popularity. Some of those who worry about their personal data being stolen by the government are certainly not going to be interested in the app, but the truth is that it only measures cellular and Wi-Fi network speeds (both download and upload), latency speeds and packet loss data. Testing is limited to 100MB a month over each phone.

So far, after one week, the app has generated 40,000 collections of data. Of this total, 25,000 of those tests were generated when the app user set off the speed test, while the remaining 15,000 came from scheduled FCC testing. 23,000 of the tests were done over a 4G LTE network. All of the major carriers were represented in the results, with network data obtained and measured by the FCC in large and small towns.

Other information released by the FCC revealed that 22,000 tests were conducted on a cell network while 16,000 came from a cellular network. The FCC's goal with this app is to improve the mobile broadband performance available to Americans. Currently the app is available to Android users only, although a version for iOS is expected.

Map shows that he FCC Speed Test app has generated results from all 50 states

Map shows that he FCC Speed Test app has generated results from all 50 states


source: FCC via FierceWireless

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posted on 22 Nov 2013, 11:54 5

1. H3Drvr (Posts: 15; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


30k DL's in seven days? Still a "better story" story then healthcare.gov! Although, with all the NSA hoopla, I'm a little hesitant to install a .gov app to my personal phone. I'm sure I'm already spied upon...why make it that much more convienient.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:40

6. Augustine (Posts: 744; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Though not like healthcare.gov, the data is pathetic. Rather, as usual, the private sector can provide a service better and not costing a dime to the taxpayer. The rootmetrics.com app (v. bit.ly/1e8YG3N) is quite reliable and provides public results in real-time (v.http://www.rootmetrics.com/check-coverage ).

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:13

2. Augustine (Posts: 744; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


All your data are belong to the NSA.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:16 4

3. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


I'm not scared, Downloaded and ran... They now know about all my porn.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:30 1

4. downphoenix (Posts: 2359; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I think it is actually a pretty good app, works more reliably than the speedtest.net app, which is pretty finicky unless you have a good connection.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:37

5. Augustine (Posts: 744; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Indeed, the new speedtest.net app has become quite imprecise and it's not rare to get the same measurement twice, even by a wide margin.

But the rootmetrics.com app (v. bit.ly/1e8YG3N) is quite reliable and provides the same service at no cost to the taxpayer and with public results in real-time.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:45 1

7. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


I was surprised by how well it worked. I hope this helps us all get better speeds and service.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 12:50

8. Jommick (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


I guess I'm one of the two people in Nevada who actually used this. Huh.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:10

9. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


I just moved from sprint to verizon and now i'm always worried about using up my data. Downloaded this app and realized I used up 100MB running it 3 times...uninstalled it right away.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 13:24 3

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2359; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


if you read the info in the app, it says they will not use more than 100MB within a month. And the app doesnt use nearly 100mb after just 3 uses.

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 14:42

11. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


It used exactly 88MB

posted on 22 Nov 2013, 19:05 2

12. V3TTOO (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


"Other information released by the FCC revealed that 22,000 tests were conducted on a cell network while 16,000 came from a cellular network." should read:

"Other information released by the FCC revealed that 22,000 tests were conducted on a cellular network while 16,000 came from a Wi-Fi network."

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 20:54

13. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 156; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


It might be other way round. Alan, please fix it.

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