No. The speed test data will be shared with internet service providers who may qualify for grants from the state and federal levels to improve infrastructure in Kenosha County. Funding will not go through the County.
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Please complete the test at home or at your business and ensure you are using Wi-Fi, not a cellular connection or hotspot. To confirm you are on Wi-Fi, look for the Wi-Fi icon on your computer or mobile device.
The speed test software tests how fast data can be downloaded and uploaded with the internet connection used to run the test.
The information collected from the speed test will be used to prove the actual internet speed for homes and businesses within Kenosha County. This information will be used by the County government and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and will be shared with granting agencies.
Service maps that are created as a result of the test will be shared with numerous agencies, service providers, businesses and the general public.
Results from the speed test will likely shorten the time it takes for service providers to receive funding to improve broadband infrastructure in Kenosha County, meaning residents could have faster internet sooner.
By taking the speed test, you are helping Kenosha County and your local community achieve greater access to high-speed internet.
The more Kenosha County residents and businesses take the speed test, the more likely it is that internet service providers who serve the County will qualify for grants from the State of Wisconsin and the federal government. Typically, grant money is allocated to areas with the lowest download and upload speeds.
The data collected from this test may also be used for school district and government planning.
If you currently do not have internet access at all, go to a public library or a family/friend’s house to take the test. Make sure to type in your address and note that your address currently does not have service.
You can also call the Kenosha County Broadband Hotline at 262-653-2515 to share your broadband service information.
To see what internet services are currently documented at your address, check the FCC broadband map at broadband477map.fcc.gov and enter your address.
Yes, the speed test data is protected through nondisclosure and public information connected to a speed test is anonymized where possible. Some information may already be public, such as property ownership via tax rolls.
Data will be shared at local, state and federal levels. It may also be shared with internet service providers.
While efforts have been made in the past, this point in time presents a unique opportunity for progress. There are an increased number of federal grants available for internet service providers to invest in communities across the country. We want to position Kenosha County for private investment. Data from this speed test will help us do so.
No. Counties across the state of Wisconsin and beyond are implementing speed tests to get an accurate read of internet speeds.
View the statewide map here: maps.psc.wi.gov/apps/WisconsinBroadbandMap