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FCC Ready to Demo Mobile Broadband Speed Test App

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Nov 8, 2013, 5:31 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Nov 8, 2013, 5:32 PM

The Federal Communications Commission is prepared to demonstrate a new smartphone app that will test the speeds of mobile broadband networks around the country. The app, which has been in development for more than a year, is meant to help the FCC gauge just how competitive today's wireless network operators are in delivering mobile broadband to consumers. The app will eventually be available to Android smartphones. There's no word if it will be made available to other platforms. Individuals can download the app, perform speeds tests, and share the data with the FCC. If all the carriers are offering speeds that match their advertisements, then the FCC will likely determine that Americans are getting the service that they pay for. If one or more carriers underperforms compared to the others, however, the FCC may weigh new regulation to even the playing field. The app is to be demonstrated at the FCC's next open meeting, scheduled for Thursday, November 14. The FCC hasn't said when the mobile speed testing app will actually be available.

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Nov 8, 2013, 6:27 PM

Carriers Are Screwed

Sprint is definitely screwed and will have regulation after regulation put on them in terms of pricing and service contracts. They have been lowering their advertisement from "Fastest Network" and "Up to 3.1mbps" to "Up to 2.5mbps" to "600kbps" to now "300kbps for 3G speed" and "3-6mbps 4G speed" Which as we all know, NONE of this is 3G or 4G speed.

T-Mobile will also be hit, because while their network is FAST, it sure isnt as fast as they claim in their advertisements pitting it against AT&T.

Verizon has failed completely, it no longer is the nations fastest as seen by recent speed tests.

AT&T unfortunately, while still not as fast as they claim, hits numbers closer to what they advertise than any other carrier, followed closely ...
i have coworkers with Sprints, and i can feel the difference in slowness when loading websites compare to my att LTE.

Nov 9, 2013, 3:16 PM

Speed test.net by Oolka

I currently use this app and its pretty good, do you guys know a better app?
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