Faster Internet Oregon asks users to test internet speeds to support future projects
The following is a press release from the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council
The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) and its statewide partners announce the Faster Internet Oregon (FIO) Speed Test Campaign. The FIO Speed Test is a statewide internet access mapping effort that encourages Oregonians to measure their internet speed at home or report if they have no connection Internet. The speed test will provide policy makers with data that identifies places in Oregon without high-speed internet and maps where multiple households don’t have internet connections and why. The data also provides an interactive tool to map projects, identify costs, and assess the viability and competitiveness of technical solutions for areas with service gaps.
The Faster Internet Oregon website FasterInternetOregon.com offers an easy-to-use speed test and asks a few simple location-based questions for mapping accuracy. The entire survey takes less than a minute to complete, and the partners of this campaign aim to conclude the initial collection of responses by October 15, 2022.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to campaign partners. No personally identifiable information will be stored beyond the address provided by residents – and this information will not be available to the public. No information will be sold. Data will only be available to campaign partners and decision makers who sign a data use agreement.
The goals of this campaign are: to understand where the greatest broadband needs are in Oregon; Secure funding for additional broadband infrastructure; and Ensure that these funds are distributed equitably so that everyone has access to fast, affordable and reliable Internet services.
The project is led by the Oregon Economic Development Districts Association, Onward Eugene, Speed Up America, and Link Oregon. It is supported by the Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, and many other statewide partners and agencies. For more information, please visit FasterInternetOregon.com
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