(PRESS RELEASE/Stevens County / Spokane Tribal Broadband Action Team)
COLLECTING INTERNET SPEEDS: Stevens County/Spokane Tribe Broadband Action team asking for people’s help to test for internet speeds…
We have all been living, working and learning at home and we all want faster internet. For many of us, however, residential internet access is an issue and it’s more evident now during this pandemic.
The Stevens County / Spokane Tribe Broadband Action Team is collaborating with the Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange (STTX) in announcing the formal public kickoff of a crowdsourcing project covering those who have residential internet service throughout all of Stevens County and the Spokane Tribe Reservation. It takes about a minute to do at https://expressoptimizer.net/public/.
We will be doing this testing through May 22, 2020, and we can be contacted Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. This survey includes over 6,400 students (K-12) and college students as well as parents required to work from home. It will provide the most accurate collection of internet speeds while demand of internet usage is the highest. Contact one of us below if you do not have residential internet service.
The data collected from a one-minute speed test can be done from any computer or mobile device connected to your home internet. This will help us with planning and funding for broadband projects. We hope for a higher than normal volume of participation, partially because of all the students who are struggling to stay connected to their schoolwork while living in rural areas.
“STTX has been working with WSBO and GEO Partners and we are excited to be collecting this additional data,” states Robin Kennedy, CEO of the Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange.
“We’ve done speed test before, but this time it’s better,” says Debra Hansen, coordinator of the SC/ST BAT. “this test is different from others we’ve asked you to do: the technology has improved, GEO partners has the ability to analyze and plan future projects, and we have a new Washington State Broadband Office that is here to support us moving forward.”
The Stevens County / Spokane Tribe Broadband Action Team has been a strong advocate for additional broadband across the region and recognizes that high-speed quality internet is critical to economic development, education, business, public safety and healthcare. It will give the Broadband Action Team and the Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange (STTX) the ability to challenge the FCC map with statistically valid data and apply for grants by demonstrating truly unserved and underserved areas.