How fast is your internet? If you’re not sure, you can always run a speed test via Ookla. But what if checking your speeds could lead to improvements on the road? That̵
Like similar apps, the FCC Speed Test app is free. But unlike the others, you also don’t have to deal with ads littered all over the place (often dangerously close to the home button). The FCC (Federal Communications Communion) hopes that by offering a free and ad-free app, many users will monitor their local speeds and the data back to the FCC. The FCC promises not to upload too much data to avoid exceeding limits, and you can set limits in the process.
For years, the FCC relied on ISPs to self-report the speeds these companies offered, unsurprisingly leading to overly generous estimates over actual results. Switching to a speed test app will give the FCC more accurate data. That’s why ask volunteers now.
“To close the gap between digital haves and have nots, we are working on one extensive, user-friendly dataset on the availability of broadband. Extension of the base of consumers using the FCC Speed Test app enable us to provide better coverage information for the public and complement the measurement tools we are developing to show where broadband is really available all over the United States, ”said Acting Chairman Rosenworcel.
With more (and presumably) accurate data, the FCC can better focus its efforts on bringing superfast Internet access to the places that need it most. At least that’s the implied promise and nothing is guaranteed in the long run. But worst case scenario, you will get an easy-to-use app that won’t bombard you with ads.
The app is easy to use; just install it and hit start. Just like any other speed test app, you get download and upload speeds as well as latency and other data. You can even track the results over time to see if your internet has really slowed down. And if you’re on Android, you can enable automatic checks on a schedule (iOS permissions prevent that feature).
You can download the FCC Speed Test app now iOS and Android