New App Helps Measure State Mobile Broadband Networks

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Dec. 18, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. — In an effort to ensure the most accurate measurement of state mobile broadband networks, the Nebraska Broadband Initiative encourages participation through a new mobile broadband testing application. The Nebraska Public Service Commission is using a mobile analytics firm, Mobile Pulse, to collect mobile broadband performance data. The Mobile Pulse product will help the Nebraska Broadband Initiative develop an inventory of wireless performance data for major providers and devices.

 "The goal of this application is to validate the mobile broadband information that is provided to the NPSC and displayed on the state broadband map," said Gene Hand, director of telecommunications for the NPSC. "The more tests performed, the better the analysis will be."

"The app will tell us more about wireless connectivity in various locations throughout the state," said Connie Hancock, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator.

The wireless broadband testing occurs on phones that have downloaded the free Mobile Pulse app from iTunes or the Google Play store. To download the app, go to: or search for Mobile Pulse in the app store for your device.

The Mobile Pulse app collects anonymous location and device-type data – no personal data. Once the app is installed on your phone, it runs automatically in the background without interaction. The app will use some data, up to 100MB per month, from the user's data plan. The app is designed to shut off automatically when the phone's battery runs below 10 percent.

The Nebraska Broadband Initiative will also host a technology fair for people interested in learning about broadband in March 2014. For more details, visit

Gene Hand
Director of Telecommunications

Connie Hancock
UNL Extension Educator

Heather Haskins
Student Writer

Dan Moser
IANR News Service

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