Madison Region Launches Broadband Speed Test Initiative

Madison Region Launches Broadband Speed Test Initiative

The Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) is pleased to announce their MadREP Broadband Speed Test initiative.

The tool will show participants what their current internet speeds are while collecting necessary data for the Madison Region to pursue better broadband infrastructure in the areas identified as underserved. Residents are encouraged to complete speed tests both at home and at work.

“Access to broadband is vital for economic success,” says MadREP President & CEO Jason M. Fields. “This is an infrastructure issue that has been affecting underserved areas in both urban and rural communities for too long now. It’s time to get in the game!”

MadREP’s Broadband Speed Test initiative is an end-result of reviewing broadband grant opportunities that became available to communities in the last two years. “It became clear that the communities that had already produced detailed connection speed maps were in the best position to be awarded grants, says MadREP VP of Talent & Education Gene Dalhoff. “As a result, those communities that had not mapped their connection speeds were left even further behind. We want to help bridge the gap between those communities that have reliable broadband and those that do not. The first step to doing that is to map connection speeds throughout our eight-county region.”

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