Taking this test helps your community gather the empirical proof it needs to demonstrate unserved and underserved areas within it.
This test is 100% free in helping your community build its case for broadband funding.
Apart from survey questions voluntarily taken by you, this test does not gather or disclose information about your community.
It's fast! Two minutes out of your day can strengthen your community's case.
For best results, please make sure to take the test once per day for 7 days.
If you are able to do so, please connect your device to the Internet using an Ethernet cable plugged into the modem or router where you receive the primary connection from your provider.
Please make sure that no one in your household is streaming videos or gaming while you take this test.
If you are not able to connect by Ethernet, please bring your device as close as safely possible to the Wi-Fi enabled router. If you have multiple routers, please use the one where you receive the primary connection from your provider.
If you are connected to school or work, please turn off your VPN during this test. If you don't know what a VPN is, then you are ready to take the test.
A survey is conducted while speed tests run as a way to gather qualitative data in addition to the quantitative data gathered from the speed tests.
Each time a test is taken, a new set of survey questions are asked. Answer as many questions as possible during the duration of the test.
Keep in mind it takes an average of 3-4 tests to be run in order to finish the entire survey. To help your community in getting the qualitative data it needs, consider taking the test until all survey questions have been answered.
Congress set aside $65 billion to help improve broadband in communities like ours. Our community is applying, but large ISPs will fight us.
By taking the broadband test, you help our community build the empirical proof needed in order to prove eligibility for broadband grants, and to defend against incumbents who will challenge.Read about the methodology →
This test is a tool used to help your community win broadband grants. The goal is to collect as much data as possible for your community to build a defensible case that can be explained and inspected by regulators. It includes a series of internet speed tests such as M-Lab, Speedtest.net, and WiFi.wtf in order to create the strongest argument possible and help displace any bias that might occur from a single test source. While the speed tests are running, you are given the option to fill out a survey which helps your community gain a better understanding of the specifics of your circumstance beyond what is observable through the speed measurements alone.