The FCC released a crowdsourcing app Nov. 14 to help the agency gather data on mobile broadband use. (Getty Images)
The Federal Communications Commission released a crowdsourcing app Nov. 14 to help the agency gather data on mobile broadband use, according to an agency blog post.
Here’s how it works: Users can download the “FCC Speed Test” app onto their mobile phones. The app will then monitor and measure mobile broadband traffic and internet speed and send anonymous data back to the agency, according to the FCC.
The FCC will use the data to help write better regulations and will also make the aggregated data available to the public, according to the agency.
“Today’s initial public release of the FCC Speed Test app is the first step toward learning more about the mobile broadband networks that we all use each and every day,” the agency said in a blog post Nov. 14.
The app is currently available for Android devices but the FCC plans on releasing an iPhone version soon.