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Addressing Rural Broadband Access
, and have partnered to address the critical need for high-speed internet for rural communities across the country. Currently, data indicating broadband availability and speed is reported twice a year by Internet Service Providers. However, there is no mechanism to verify the accuracy of the data, and anecdotal evidence suggests an entire ZIP code is oftentimes marked as “served” with broadband if just one home in the census block has coverage. Outdated broadband mapping techniques limit Congress’ ability to accurately identify and allocate broadband resources across much of America.
In response, NACo, Rural LISC and RCAP developed a mobile app that harnesses grassroots advocacy by empowering individual users to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity. The data is aggregated to identify gaps in broadband coverage. This information helps guide advocacy for adequate funding and inform decision-making at federal, state and local levels.
Join us in advocating for a stronger and more connected future for small towns everywhere. Follow these four short steps to join the movement!
Step 1: Locate the iOS/Android App Store on your phone.
Step 2: Search for “TestIT” in your mobile app store.
Step 3: Download TestIT mobile app.
Step 4: Open TestIT mobile app and click “Test Speed Here!”
(Repeat Step 4 as frequently as possible.)
That’s it! For further info, see the press release here.