FCC Launches Mobile Broadband App

Federal Communications CommissionRecently sworn in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler is taking the reins on the FCC’s quest to improve wireless connectivity across the country. A meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14, where FCC representatives will unveil an app that allows users to test their mobile broadband speed on their smartphones. The FCC will use the data to evaluate the connectivity of different carriers.

The Android app will be available as early as this spring, though the idea dates back to 2010, when the FCC made the decision to test mobile broadband speeds through crowdsourcing. The original app – the Consumer Broadband Test – was released, but has since disappeared from Apple and Android download stores.

The new app allows for additional diagnostic tests not included in the original.