FCC Introduces First Mobile App, Consumer Broadband Test, and Broadband Dead Zone Report
Washington, D.C. –Today, the Federal Communications Commission launched new digital tools, the Consumer Broadband Test and the Broadband Dead Zone Report--that allow consumers to test their broadband service and report areas where broadband is not available.
The Consumer Broadband Test measures broadband quality indicators such as speed and latency, and reports that information to consumers and the FCC. The mobile version --the FCC’s first mobile app --is available through the Apple and Android app stores. The fixed version is available at www.broadband.gov . Two popular broadband testing tools are used in this beta version --the Ookla, Inc. Speed Test and the Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) running on the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) platform. In the future, the FCC anticipates making additional broadband testing applications available for consumer use.The Commission does not endorse any specific testing application.
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