Free App Lets You Test Internet Speed

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The Federal Communications Commission is encouraging you to download and use its Speed Test app to test the speed of your internet service.

The app is intended to help the FCC collect crucial speed test data that it can use to provide the public with better coverage information.

In an announcement, Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC acting chairwoman, says:

“To close the gap between digital haves and have nots, we are working to build a comprehensive, user-friendly dataset on broadband availability. Expanding the base of consumers who use the FCC Speed Test app will enable us to provide improved coverage information to the public and add to the measurement tools we’re developing to show where broadband is truly available throughout the United States.”

The FCC stresses that the data collection will be done in a manner that emphasizes “protecting the privacy and confidentiality of program volunteers.”

To download the app, go to the FCC website.

The FCC request is just the latest indicator that the federal government is making internet access a priority. As we recently reported, President Joe Biden has unveiled a plan to “revitalize America’s digital infrastructure” that focuses on bringing affordable broadband service to those who lack it.

For more, check out “3 Ways Biden Wants to Change the Internet.”

You also can learn more about keeping your internet costs down by reading “8 Ways to Slash Your Internet Bill.”

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