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State asks people to test their home internet speeds

The speed test data will help broadband planning groups target where internet performance is poor and improvements are needed, officials said.

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is collecting data on internet connection speeds throughout the state, and more testers are needed.

Residents are encouraged to test their home speeds using Measurement Lab’s online speed test , which can be found at https://speed.measurementlab.net.

Data produced by the test will provide information to help broadband planning groups target where internet performance is poor and improvements are needed, according to a news release.

“By simply taking a few seconds to test their internet speed, Wisconsinites can help us close the digital equity gap in our state,” said Kurt Kiefer, assistant state superintendent of the division for libraries and technology, a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access. “The data will help determine where improvements to internet need to be made and is essential to ensuring high-quality learning for all children.”

As part of the initiative, Wisconsin residents have performed nearly 190,000 internet speed tests to date, with an average of 3,388 tests per day. Results can be seen on the DPI’s public dashboard of Wisconsin internet speeds by school district . The speed testing project will continue through March 31.

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