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FCC Wants Mobile App to Collect Network Data

FCCSealThe Federal Communications Commission plans to develop a mobile application with the goal of collecting Internet network data, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Andy Medici writes the FCC will collaborate with more than 500,000 Americans to collect data on broadband network coverage and signal strength as part of efforts to forge Internet policies and help companies improve services.

Walter Johnson, FCC’s electromagnetic compatibility division lead, told a mobile computing summit that the public could download the app by the end of 2013, according to Medici’s report.

Medici reports the app will work to exclude personal information from its target data.

The app will go online first for Android-based smartphones and later for iOS devices, according to Federal Times.

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