News Flash

Wright County News

Posted on: October 1, 2020

MRBC Looking for Participants In Rural Minnesota to Take Broadband Speed Test

The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition (MRBC) is looking for participation from residents in rural areas of Minnesota to help identify issues they face with slow internet speeds by launching the Minnesota Speed Test Initiative.

This issue of the lack of broadband in rural Minnesota has only been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. With distance learning at schools, many workers forced to work remotely from home and groups ranging from the courts system to healthcare conducting hearings and meetings virtually, the disparity in the ability to have needed broadband access has become even more pronounced.

The Minnesota Speed Test Initiative began as a pilot project in St. Louis, Itasca and Koochiching counties to compile test results of internet speed tests to create quantifiable data that can been used to create more accurate broadband maps. More than 7,000 broadband speed tests were completed by residents and businesses in those counties. Now the MRBC is looking to expand the project statewide to get a more comprehensive data set.

The speed test takes between 30 seconds and one minute and adds an individual’s results to that of the existing group. The test can be taken here: Participants are asked to enter their address and then take the test. Out of respect for privacy, a complete address isn’t required, but it helps closer identify where the areas of highest need are in the cities and townships of Minnesota.

The speed test can be taken on any device that has an internet or cellular connection. No personal information will be collected as part of this process. Testing data will be statistically valid and provide a map of what service levels are in any given area of the state. The data collected will be an important tool for communities that are planning a broadband expansion through the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program.

Advocates of the program point out that the disparity in access to broadband threatens the long-term viability of the rural economy and should be viewed like any other basic utility that people need. Internet and cellular access have become an essential part of our daily lives, which is why as much statistical data as possible is needed to let the decision makers aware of what areas of the state are being underserved.

The MRBC is a membership group of local units of government, economic development agencies, agriculture groups, educational institutions, healthcare professionals, telecommunications organizations, non-profits and individuals who advocate for better broadband in Minnesota. The vision of MRBC is that everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, effective, affordable broadband networks.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Wright County News

Wright County Has Job Openings

Posted on: July 23, 2021

WCEDP Has Redesigned Website

Posted on: July 9, 2021

WOW Van in Monticello Today

Posted on: July 1, 2021

WOW Van Coming to Monticello July 1

Posted on: June 23, 2021

Wright County Fair Schedule Released

Posted on: June 21, 2021

Highway 30 Project Delayed

Posted on: June 1, 2021

May 9-15 Is National Police Week

Posted on: May 11, 2021

Appointments Open at License Center

Posted on: April 30, 2021

DNR EagleCam Up and Running

Posted on: April 27, 2021

Roadside Spraying

Posted on: April 22, 2021

DNR Has Interactive Bird Song Page

Posted on: April 21, 2021

Appointments Open at License Center

Posted on: April 2, 2021

First Half Property Taxes Due May 17

Posted on: April 1, 2021

I-94 Construction Ramping Up

Posted on: March 29, 2021

HHS Announces New Call Center

Posted on: March 26, 2021

First Half Property Taxes Due May 17

Posted on: March 24, 2021

Virtual Tour of Justice Center

Posted on: March 10, 2021

Fish Houses Must Be Off Lakes By Monday

Posted on: February 24, 2021

Two 4-H Summer Internships Available

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Members of Solar Farm Work Group Named

Posted on: February 16, 2021

I-35W Bridge to Glow Purple Tonight

Posted on: February 16, 2021

View Today's Press Conference

Posted on: February 11, 2021

Sheriff's Office Statement on Shooting

Posted on: February 9, 2021

County Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 18

Posted on: January 15, 2021

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Posted on: December 31, 2020

DNR Warning Residents About Thin Ice

Posted on: December 18, 2020

MEADA Receives $125,000 Federal Grant

Posted on: December 10, 2020

Public Health Releases COVID-19 Dashboard

Posted on: November 30, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

Posted on: November 30, 2020

Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report

Posted on: November 16, 2020

Santa Coming to Bertram Park Dec. 5

Posted on: November 5, 2020

View the Ballot You Will Be Filling Out

Posted on: October 21, 2020

Buckthorn a Problem in Woodland Areas

Posted on: October 13, 2020

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day

Posted on: September 18, 2020

Absentee Voting In Person Starts Friday

Posted on: September 14, 2020

CSAH 30 Project Nearing Completion

Posted on: September 8, 2020

Road Work on Hwy. 25 Starting Sept. 8

Posted on: September 3, 2020

Sirens to Sound at 1 P.M. Today, But Why?

Posted on: September 2, 2020

Road Closure in Monticello Tuesday

Posted on: August 24, 2020

Why Are Flags at Half-Mast Today?

Posted on: August 19, 2020

Where Is My Polling Place Location?

Posted on: August 10, 2020