TestIT Mobile App Launch
Rural Broadband Expansion
As the need for high speed and reliable internet access continues to gain importance as the backbone of business, and as a tool for education, health care, emergency services and other key parts of our everyday lives, counties have been at the forefront of broadband expansion in the commonwealth. Counties are looking for creative solutions that work to provide internet connectivity for their residents, especially in rural areas and better bandwidth capacity statewide.

CCAP has assisted in distributing information from the Pennsylvania Office of Broadband Initiatives about its stakeholder survey, seeking to identify successful approaches and other data on how broadband is already been addressed throughout the Commonwealth. Additionally, Pennsylvania’s counties are partnering with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to assess broadband download and upload speeds. The Association has also shared information about NACo’s new TestIt application for mobile devices, which will compile broadband speed data of users across the nation to provide a better picture of where service may be overstated and/or underfunded. The test is similar to one counties helped distribute on behalf of Penn State and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania in 2018.


 

​Accurate connectivity data is the foundation for investments in broadband infrastructure. Unfortunately, connectivity data provided to the Federal Communications Commission is often inaccurate and inflated – leaving many rural communities overlooked and disconnected.

NACo has partnered with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to develop a mobile app designed to identify areas with low or no connectivity to help ensure adequate funding for broadband infrastructure is provided across the country.

 

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1. Locate the iOS/Android App Store on your phone

2. Search for “TestIT” in your mobile app store

3. Download TestIT mobile app

4. Open TestIT mobile app and click: Test Speed Here
 
“TestIT” is an iOS/Android mobile app that leverages a broadband sampling tool designed by Measurement Labs (MLabs) to aggregate broadband speeds across the country from app users. With the press of a single button, users will be able to test their broadband speed from anywhere. Additionally, users will be able to compare their internet speeds to the national average and minimum standards established by the Federal Communications System.
 
No personal information will be collected through this mobile app. A snapshot of each sample will be sent to a database which will allow NACo and partners to analyze connectivity data across the country. The data collected through this app will help identify areas where broadband service is overstated and underfunded by comparing the data to the National Broadband Map.
 
Your help identifying gaps in our nation’s broadband coverage is critical to making substantive changes to the process for reporting broadband service. We hope you will help shed light on this critically important issue and encourage your friends, family and constituents to join in the efforts as well!