The DeSantis administration wants Floridians to check their speed — on the internet.
This week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity encouraged state residents to take an anonymous, one-minute test online to help the state identify opportunities to expand broadband services.
The DEO posted the test on Florida’s Broadband Availability Map and Internet Speed Test website, which can be found at FloridaJobs.org/Broadband.
The speed test and the survey may be completed on any device and from any location, the DEO said in a press release.
The agency is partnering with Local Technology Planning Teams, local governments, and various agencies across the state to gauge current community needs and to seek future broadband infrastructure funding opportunities. The DEO says this will expand and enhance connectivity throughout the state and “pave the way for future growth.”
“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, the Department continues to champion economic development and infrastructure initiatives, and broadband plays a vital role in those efforts. With input from Floridians, the mapping tool will provide real-time results to identify areas in need of improvement of broadband services and enable us to support local communities in their efforts to make internet accessible and reliable for all Floridians,” DEO Secretary Dane Eagle said in a statement.
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“This opportunity will also help the state of Florida continue its work with partners to offer better education and health care access and help its communities be more resilient and adaptive to future broadband development.”
The test results will be compiled at the Broadband Availability Map in real time with the location’s internet speed and responsiveness.
By taking the test, state residents “will play a vital role in developing the state’s strategic plan for broadband and will become an asset to local communities and internet service providers as they assess existing needs and develop their broadband planning initiatives throughout the state,” the DEO said in its release.