A tool has been launched by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to give a clearer perception into broadband speed across the state. The testing will aide in establishing a benchmark into consumer experiences with regard to high-speed internet availability.
Those areas deemed to be unserved and underserved can then be identified to assist new and existing providers when investing in building the infrastructure going forwards.
It’s as simple as going to CheckSpeedMinnesota.com, answering a few questions and running a speed test. An overall picture is then provided.
“This tool will increase our understanding of the consumer experience to ensure we are making smart investments. We urge the public to report on the type and speed of internet they are buying for their homes and business,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy.
High-speed internet service plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of maintaining economically and socially healthy communities, officials continued.
“CheckSpeedMinnesota.com can help identify where the state has robust and competitive service available and also areas where consumers believe more attention may be required to meet the needs of Minnesota both today and into the future,” said Danna MacKenzie, executive director of the office of broadband development.
Check Speed Minnesota will not collect any personal information. Only the data relating to your general location is used.
Residents are encouraged to go to CheckSpeedMinnesota.com to take the test and view the results. You can also visit
https://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/maps/general-maps.jsp for an interactive Minnesota map showing the current broadband availability at your specific address, town, township or county.