Monday, November 18, 2013

FCC Releases Speed Test App for Android Devices

The Federal Communications Commission made available a smartphone application that is meant to test wireless network speeds. According to the FCC, the app runs periodically in the background when the phone is not in use and tests both cellular and Wi-Fi download speeds, upload speeds, latency, and packet loss.

Users can see how their broadband service performs and track it over time. Testing is limited to 100MB per month, and it grabs data such as cell ID, signal strength, and GPS locations.

The FCC says testing is entirely anonymous and none of the data generated can be tracked back to individuals. ;)