The Federal Communications Commission is planning to test mobile broadband speeds across the entire United Sates from September 21 in order to provide consumers with detailed information and "spur competition among service providers".
The initiative follows on from the country's National Broadband Plan, which continues to gather detailed data on fixed broadband speeds in the US. The FCC claims that the initiative will equip Americans with comparisons and analyses that will help them make better decisions.
In turn, the idea is to promote competition between service providers. While that might seem like good news, plenty of unofficial rankings of 3G and 4G speeds get published every year, and they seem to have little impact if any at all. [FCC (PDF) via The Verge]