State launches website to help Minnesotans check their internet speeds

The Minnesota Office of Broadband is promoting a new tool to help consumers measure the broadband speeds actually delivered, as opposed to using the internet provider’s number which is based on what they offer for speeds.

The tool, found at CheckSpeedMinnesota.com, will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report broadband internet speeds. According to a press release from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (which oversees the Office of Broadband), the input captured through the new website will “help create a better overall picture of broadband in the state.”

DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy urges Minnesotans to utilize the site, noting that the information gathered through the tool will provide a better understanding of the internet speeds that consumers in Minnesota truly receive and help make sure the state is making smart investments in broadband.

It takes only a few seconds to checking your internet speed on CheckSpeedMinnesota.com. The site will ask you what type of internet connection you are using (residential, work, public WiFi, etc.) and then ask you to rate your current level of service before calculating your broadband speed. It will also tell you how your speed compares to other internet users in Minnesota.

We encourage all GMNP members (and others in Greater Minnesota) to visit CheckSpeedMinnesota.com so that you have a clear understanding of the broadband speed you receive and to help the state determine where additional resources may need to be invested.