Help the FCC create true 4G and 5G coverage maps with its new speed test app
Help the FCC create true 4G and 5G coverage maps with its new speed test app



The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), long criticized for its outdated network coverage maps in the US, has decided, under the new leadership of Jessica Rosenworcel, to do something about it if it wants to be an impartial judge in the US Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T claim the “best network” game.

For this purpose, the FCC has to create its own independent database with mobile and fixed broadband speeds and access points in order not to rely on crowdsourcing from third-party providers such as Ookla ‘Speedtest, Tutela or OpenSignal. You can help the cause by installing and using the new one FCC Speed ​​Test App:

Needless to say, this is the easier way to go compared to what testing firms like RootMetrics actually operate across the country. Crowdsourced data is piling up in larger cities, although researchers tried to combine data mining techniques to extrapolate the results for less populated locations as well.

However, the FCC has a government budget and must choose their battles. Hence, she chose the crowdsourcing route to test your fixed or mobile broadband connection. The initiative is actually part of the broader Measuring Broadband America (MBA) program. The FCC Speed ​​Test app measures the following under your volunteer participation:

  • Download speed: Inbound throughput in megabits per second (Mbit / s) using three simultaneous TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) connections
  • Upload speed: Outbound throughput in megabits per second (Mbit / s) using three simultaneous TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) connections
  • UDP latency: Average round trip time of a series of randomly transmitted UDP (User Datagram Protocol) packets spread over a long period of time
  • UDP packet loss: Percentage of UDP packets that were lost during the UDP latency test
  • UDP jitter: Average round trip time (RTT) of UDP echo requests in microseconds from the app to a target test node

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