To gain a better understanding of actual internet speeds in under-served and rural areas across the United States, the National Association of Counties (NACo), Rural LISC and Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) have partnered to develop a free mobile app called TestIT mobile app. The app measures downloads and uploads, and determines whether the connection falls at or below the national average as well as meets the current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standard for “true” broadband speed of 25 Mbps up, 3 Mbps down (BroadbandNow.com).
The TestIT app gathers broadband speed measurements and passes them through a sampling tool. The user can then see how their speed stacks up. No personal information needs to be entered, nor is any gathered for the purpose of this study.Continue reading