Bulk Mobile Crowdsource Data Overview

Entities–including service providers, state, local, and Tribal governments, and other third parties (e.g., consumer groups, non-governmental groups, etc.)–may submit the results of on-the-ground mobile speed tests to the FCC as crowdsource data.  Such data may be used by the FCC to verify the mobile coverage maps submitted by providers as part of the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection and to inform the FCC’s understanding of mobile coverage data.

Entities who collect mobile crowdsource speed test results in bulk using their own hardware or software, rather than the FCC Speed Test App, may submit such data as crowdsource data so long as they adhere to the following requirements:

  • The bulk speed test data must be submitted in the BDC system at bdc.fcc.gov via file upload.
  • The submitted speed test results must conform to the metrics and parameters for crowdsource in the Data Specifications for Mobile Speed Test Data.  
  • The file submitted must contain a record for each mobile speed test and must be in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format.
  • Entities must certify the accuracy of the data.
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