Indiana Speed Test
We need your help! In order to give us the best chance for future broadband funding, we need data that reflects where the actual gaps in broadband connectivity are in our county. One major way to accomplish this is for residents to conduct internet speed tests.
What is an internet speed test?
It is a test that measures how fast data can be downloaded and uploaded with the internet connection on your device.
Why should we take speed tests? Is this important?
YES! There are multiple federal and state broadband funding programs for which having speed test data collected is extremely helpful. The more speed tests that are conducted in our region, the easier it makes it to get more money for broadband investment in our region later on. This means taking internet speed tests today could make the difference in how long your community remains unserved or underserved for internet connections! The data provided will help “decision-makers make investments with the greatest impact.”
How do I take a speed test?
You can take a speed test by going to this link: http://www.infb.org/speedtest
You will be asked to fill out your address (full or partial) so it can map where you are taking the test from. Don’t worry, no personal identifying information will be asked, tracking cookies are not used, and your address will not be stored in a data bank. Your location and test results, however, will be stored for the purpose of the speed test so please be sure to turn off your VPN if you are using one. Make sure the address you are entering is the location where you are actually taking the speed test.
You should conduct speed tests multiple times a day on multiple types of devices. Taking a speed test on a computer that is connected to your router via ethernet cable yields the most accurate and optimal results. But you can take them on your laptops/ tablets with wifi and **mobile devices too.
**IMPORTANT! If you are using a mobile device to conduct a speed test, please make sure you turn off your cellular data first and be connected via wifi. Taking the test using cellular data will not yield accurate results for the speed test as this is to measure broadband speeds in your area, not cellular data speeds.
What if I don’t have internet at my location to take a speed test?
If you are in a location without internet, whether it’s a home or somewhere public, please go to a place that does have internet and enter the address as one with “no available service”. Again, no personal identifying information will be asked.
For more information about the Indiana Farm Bureau internet speed test, please visit Indiana Farm Bureau Forms Indiana Broadband Strategic Partnership.
A VPN means virtual private network. When one is activated, your data and online activity is shielded from third party trackers by connecting you to a private server before it connects to the server of the website you are visiting. You are given a temporary IP address, and your real, permanent IP address is hidden. This protects your online privacy and security, especially when you are connected to public wifi.
The Indiana Farm Bureau wanted to help bring reliable broadband internet to the State’s most unserved and underserved areas. To answer this need, they created the Indiana Broadband Strategic Partnership in conjunction with other organizations who are passionate about closing the digital divide for Indiana communities. The speed-test is a crowd sourcing platform powered by GEO Partners, LLC which records internet speed tests results in order to form a map of what actual speeds are available and where. Tracking these results will help us form a fuller picture as to which areas are being left out of adequate and reliable broadband internet connectivity. To read more information about the IBSP, visit this page. ***Note that your IFB agents will not be able to give you information regarding this initiative.