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FCC asks people to use its speed-test app

April 13, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission is asking consumers to download and use its speed-test application, as it attempts to more precisely determine where broadband networks — including mobile broadband — do and don’t provide coverage across the country, and what the user experience is like in different areas.

The FCC says that the network coverage and performance data that it gathers from the speed tests conducted on its app will “help to inform the FCC’s efforts to collect more accurate and granular broadband deployment data” and “will also be used in the future for consumers to challenge provider-submitted maps when the Broadband Data Collection systems become available.”

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