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FCC Releases Speed Test App For Wireless
by Karl Bode 10:41AM Friday Nov 15 2013 Tipped by unoriginal See Profile
As promised, the FCC has released a new speed test app that will allow them to collect data on the performance of wireless networks. The app, now available in the Google Play store, is currently Android only though the agency insists an iPhone version is in the works. The FCC's decision to collect fixed-line data performance has paid real-world dividends for consumers. After the FCC starting naming and shaming fixed-line ISPs that failed to deliver advertised speeds, many carriers began fixing congestion issues more quickly, and provisioning lines to deliver speeds faster than advertised.

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FactChecker
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How many GB will it use?

For a while the SamKnows box was using 100+GB / month on the network to do testing. Any idea how it will be configured for wireless?

Can't they get data from Ookla with all the speedtest clients?
Will they measure cellular vs wifi?
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Re: How many GB will it use?

Having just installed the app, it has a default mobile data limit of 100MB a billing month (WiFi is not included in the limit), you can change the limit and you billing date in the app.

lordpuffer
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Re: How many GB will it use?

About how much data is used each time you run a speedtest with the app?
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Re: How many GB will it use?

I've run 2 tests (all tests, down-up-latency-packet loss) since yesterday, testing ONLY the Sprint 3G network (only network in my area) and have used 6.27 MBs total.

MovieLover76

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Re: How many GB will it use?

Mine used 13.4 on 1 test using a T-mobile LTE phone, data usage is going to vary quite a bit based on your network speed.

RWSI

join:2012-11-27
Albuquerque, NM

Not accurate

So far the first tests aren't accurate. I'm using our 5G wireless network and not even close. The wireless has a 700meg connection each direction and I get 14 meg on the test.

Try again folks!

OldCableGuy

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Re: Not accurate

Huh? 5G doesn't exist, and no wireless supports 700 meg. Unless you mean you're on 802.11ac 5.8GHz but this app is designed to test MOBILE NETWORKS

MovieLover76

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On my FiOS wifi I got 57.74 mbps/33.80 Mbps which is just about right, I have the 50/25 package.

My T-mobile LTE speeds are just about right 5 down / 5 up which is what I normallly get on the speedtest.net app in my apartment with a weak signal)

There server's may not be about to handle 700mbps, but they seem more than sufficient for testing mobile broadband speeds and the vast majority of residential broadband.
siech0

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Warrensburg, MO

No thanks

I wouldn't trust anything from the Government.
CJ777

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Los Angeles, CA

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Re: No thanks

said by siech0:

I wouldn't trust anything from the Government.

They have all your info anyways!

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Re: No thanks

LOL .... Good one, ... but TRUE.

cork1958
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said by CJ777:

They have all your info anyways!

They may have it anyway, but I'm not about to give it to them willingly like that!
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Pretty accurate for me...

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These are the same speeds I get from speedtest.net and other sites I've tried. Verizon 4G has gone to hell here in my area. Even at around 3am the speeds are not much better.

mitchell

join:2002-06-21
Darlington, SC

Location of Base Station Lat/Long

Does anyone know how to interpret the base station Lat/Long? When I used the FCC speed test. I really would like to know where it is located. Thanks The test came back Lat 33252 Long 29254

Mitchell
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Re: Location of Base Station Lat/Long

The lat 34.302766 and long -79.871169 will put you at the Darlington Courthouse Square in Google Earth and Maps. Putting those numbers in the Google converter does not come up with any major number system close to the numbers you posted. Not surprising for a Gov system. Why not use an app like RootMetrics or OpenSignal. The problem is every program only gets a small database because they all start at zero. Factchecker is right Ookla probability has the biggest database especially in small towns and rural areas.