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BROADBAND Speed Testing

St Croix County Broadband Speed Test

West Central Wisconsin residents can help get broadband in their communities

Taking a simple internet speed test will identify areas of need

Access to broadband is vital for the economic health and growth of Wisconsin. Yet many homes and businesses have no broadband access or internet service speeds that fall below FCC standards.

State and federal grants are available to bring broadband to underserved areas around the state, but in order to tap into those grants the state must identify those areas of greatest need.

To help ensure broadband access, Momentum West www.MomentumWest.org  is working with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and partners statewide to roll out a simple internet speed test. We are asking residents and businesses to take the test to help establish where support is needed.

“Our region has made great strides in deploying high speed broadband.  With your participation we can start the process to broadband our underserved areas,” said Steve Jahn, Executive Director, Momentum West.

“Access to broadband will help Wisconsin attract companies and workers, and broadband is critical for those working or doing schoolwork from home or trying to access services online,” said Missy Hughes, WEDC Secretary and CEO. “But we can’t do this without the help of Wisconsinites statewide. We need as many of us as possible to take a very easy internet speed test.”

The test will help determine where internet speeds are below FCC standards and where the state needs to focus on building the broadband infrastructure.

To take the test, residents and businesses simply need to visit https://www.momentumwest.org/test-your-internet-speed , from their home or work location, by May 8, 2022. It will only take a few moments and personal information is always protected and never shared.

Even those residents without internet access can help by logging onto the site from a friend’s home or the local library. Click on “Enter an address with No Available Service” to complete the survey.

About Momentum West:

Momentum West is a regional economic development organization serving Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix counties. Momentum West’s volunteer board of directors provides their time, expertise and assistance in establishing annual goals and activities that include: 1) Market and brand West Wisconsin; 2) Serve as economic development support conduit in West Wisconsin; and 3) Advocate for the accomplishments of regional initiatives.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation:

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit wedc.org or follow WEDC on Twitter @WEDCNews to learn more.