By Stephen Schenck | November 8, 2013 7:03 PM
In the post-apocalyptic every-man-for-himself wasteland that is the wireless industry in the US, the FCC often stands alone as the voice of reason, pulling in the reins and keeping the wild-eyed ravings of the carriers in check. It’s the agency that makes sure the networks are playing on the up-and-up, and the decisions it makes help shape where the future of mobile broadband is going. If you care at all about what it does, you might want to check out the upcoming FCC Speed Test app, set to debut next week.
The app, which for starters will be Android-only, is meant to let the FCC gather real-world data on connectivity and speeds. The idea here is to provide the agency with a wealth of info to which it can later refer. Maybe users end up complaining that they aren’t getting advertised speeds from a certain carrier – with this FCC Speed Test data, the FCC can easily look for patterns and verify problems like that.
While you may disagree with some of the FCC’s past rulings, it’s hard to argue that giving it more information wouldn’t at least enable it to do its job a little better, so if you’re in the US and interested in participating, look for a preview release of the FCC Speed Test app to drop in the coming days.