FCC Encourages Use of Speed Test App to Measure Broadband
According to a press release the Federal Communications Commission is using its Broadband Data Collection effort to collect comprehensive data on broadband availability across the United States. The FCC is encouraging the public to download their Speed Test app, which is currently used to collect speed test data as part of the FCC’s Measuring Broadband America program. The app provides a way for consumers to test the performance of their mobile and in-home broadband networks. In addition to showing network performance test results to the user, the app also provides test results to the FCC while protecting the privacy and confidentiality of program volunteers.
“To close the gap between digital haves and have nots, we are working to build a comprehensive, user-friendly dataset on broadband availability,” said acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Expanding the base of consumers who use the FCC Speed Test app will enable us to provide improved coverage information to the public and add to the measurement tools we’re developing to show where broadband is truly available throughout the United States.”
The network coverage and performance information gathered from the Speed Test data will help to inform the FCC’s efforts to collect more accurate and granular broadband deployment data. The app will also be used in the future for consumers to challenge provider-submitted maps when the Broadband Data Collection systems become available. There is information about the app at www.fcc.gov/BroadbandData/consumers#speed-test. The FCC Speed Test App is available in the Google Play Store for Android devices, and in the Apple App Store for iOS devices.
The Pocahontas Broadband Council is also seeking additional information about broadband access from county residents. They have created a simple confidential survey to gather this information. And a bonus, if you complete the survey by April 21st, you’ll entered for a chance to win a new kayak donated by the Pocahontas County CVB. If you need help completing the survey or if you don’t have access to the internet, you may call or visit one of the Pocahontas County libraries for assistance.
The Pocahontas Broadband Council Survey can be found here: