The Broadband Story in Brown County
Because of the COVID19 pandemic, the internet has become the leading source of social and business connection for everyone. Remote learning is now the primary learning tool for school-aged children. Businesses have turned to remote work from home for their employees as a method of managing during the pandemic. Families and individuals are staying home and spending much more time online. Even before the pandemic though, Brown County continually worked locally and with state and federal government to improve high speed connectivity for citizens through expansion and development of the Brown County Community Area Network.
Now, through a partnership with Geo Partners LLC, Brown County is working to ensure that everyone has access to quality internet connectivity in the county region. To help us accomplish this goal, we need your help. Through this speed test, you have the opportunity to participate in testing your internet speed through the GEO crowdsourcing system. The data collected from your speed test will be added to Brown County speed test data and will be used to address existing broadband issues through:
- Identification of school districts that may need additional services for remote learning.
- Identification of regions that are not being served but are near other regions that are served by an ISP. Regions not currently served may be able to negotiate for expansion of ISP service areas.
- Identification of regions that may already be defined as well-served but are actually not.
- Identification of regions where broadband is available, but unaffordable to some members of the community.
This test takes less than a minute. After using the speed test, you will be able to determine if your internet speed complies with FCC standards (25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload).
Internet speeds that fall below the FCC’s standards are eligible for federal and state grants. We invite you to test your internet speeds by taking this speed test. We also encourage you to test your speeds more than once, at different times. Please also get your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to take the test, since this will help create a better map showing where service is (and is not). Using this speed test will add to the collective data so that Brown County will be able to take steps to ensure acceptable internet speeds for everyone, no matter where they are located in Brown County.
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