COVID-19 has shown us how important access to broadband is for every Minnesotan now that we’re being asked to work, learn, or receive essential services from home. Broadband is no different than any other basic utility that people need and now, more than ever, it’s an essential part of our daily lives. There is no doubt that the lack of broadband in rural Minnesota hampers telework, distance learning, and telehealth. The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition’s goal with this speed test is to find out exactly where broadband service is available in rural Minnesota and what speeds people are receiving.
TAKE THE TEST: http://mnruralbroadbandcoalition.com/speedtest
These speed tests, mapped by GEO Partners, clearly show the speeds available in cities and townships across the three northern Minnesota counties.
The speed test can be taken with any device that has an internet or cellular connection and takes less than one minute to complete. No personal information will be collected. Testing data will be statistically valid and provide a map of what service levels are for any given area in the state. This information will be an important tool for communities that are planning a broadband expansion project through the FCC, USDA, or MN Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.
The Minnesota Speed Test Initiative has been made possible by:
• The Blandin Foundation
• Minnesota Initiative Foundations
• Best Buy
• Mardag Foundation
• Range Association of Municipalities & Schools
• Minnesota Power
• Mining Minnesota