FCC has had a file for an active testing program since 2013, but on the ground District Chair Jessica Rosenworcel begging for more Americans download and use this app (what you can ride Android and iOS apps). In doing so, the agency said it would help them learn more about the speed and availability of the Broadband Internet in the US. Also, this will help streamline its processes.
If you have used Ookla (or any other running software, on this one), the information presented here will not surprise you. Click the “Start experiment” button and the program will measure your measurement and temporary downloads, as well as reduce your connection. If you want to be nervous, you can adjust it to test the jitter and packet loss. Keep in mind that if you want to help FCC collect good data on broadband availability, you will want to test your WiFi connection. I should also note that if you decide to share anything, the FCC says it will protect your privacy.
“In order to close the gap between the digital and the non-digital, we are working to create a complete, easy-to-use satellite in the availability of broadband,” Rosenworcel said. “Developing a customer base using the FCC Speed Test program will enable us to provide more information to the public and add to the testing tools we are developing to show where the broadband system is located in the United States.”
The accuracy of the FCC descriptive maps has been a well-known story for many years, by 2019 learning from Microsoft found that approximately 163 million people did not regularly use the internet on broadband. That compares with the 25 million estimates the agency is currently complying with. The current maps contain information from ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon (owner of Engadget’s parent company, Verizon Media), which has led to the problem in the first place.