A new mobile app lets consumers test how fast their phone or home’s Internet connection is — or isn’t.
The app’s owner? The U.S. Federal Communications Commission. As part of that National Broadband plan, the FCC wants consumers to be informed about what their broadband availability is and help contribute to the FCC’s Broadband Dead Zone Report.
“Transparency empowers consumers, promotes innovation and investment, and encourages competition,” said Chairman Julius Genachowski. “The FCC’s new digital tools will arm users with real-time information about their broadband connection and the agency with useful data about service across the country. By informing consumers about their broadband service quality, these tools help eliminate confusion and make the market work more effectively.”
The app, called the Consumer Broadband Test, measures speed and latency and reports it back to the FCC. It’s available in the Apple and Android app stores. There’s also a Web version at www.broadband.gov.
No broadband Internet? Consumers can also submit their results to the FCC by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone, 888-CALL-FCC, or snail mail addressed to:
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau,
ATTN: Broadband Dead Zone Reporting
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
One note: By taking the test, you’re giving the FCC some personal info including your IP address and home address. Read the privacy statement.
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