The new iPhone app allows users to test their cellular and Wi-Fi network performance, including upload and download speeds, latency and packet loss. However, the Commission says that no personal or uniquely identifiable information is collected. A similar app for Android smartphones was unveiled by the Commission in November 2013.
The smartphone apps are part of the Commission’s Measuring Broadband America program, a private-public partnership developed to improve the broadband service marketplace. According to the Commission, testing data supplied by the apps will provide important and valuable information on the deployment of broadband networks throughout the U.S.