The U.S. Federal Communications Commission released a broadband speed test app for iOS on Tuesday. The app analyzes your mobile broadband performance (for both Wi-Fi and cellular) and then displays a summary of your connection’s download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss.
As part of its Measuring Broadband America initiative, the FCC rolled out its FCC Speed Test tool to create a map of nationwide broadband speeds. The app was first launched on Android last fall, reports re/code.
For those concerned about privacy, the FCC assures users that no unique or persistent identifiers will be associated with collected data. However, such “passive” metric as cell tower identifiers, GPS location data, and the like will be stored within the sandboxed app for user review. The anonymous data will be uploaded to FCC servers for aggregation.
The app is part of the Measuring Broadband America program, which was set up to measure both fixed and mobile broadband to “bring greater clarity and competition to the broadband service marketplace.”
The app offers tests for download/upload speeds, network latency and packet loss. Historical stats can also be accessed from within the app.
The FCC Speed Test App is available in the App Store. [DIRECT LINK]