Use new website for Internet speed tests
May 25, 2010
If promised blazing download speeds feel more sluggish than providers promised, the reason might be geographic.
Test Internet download and upload speeds against advertised speeds on a new website launched by the state Department of Information Services.
The department launched a new section of the Washington Broadband Mapping Program on May 21. New features include a statewide interactive map, and a speed test application to allow users to test actual Internet download and upload speeds against the speeds advertised by Internet service providers. Find the map here.
The interactive map includes 13 data layers, including population density, median household income and education level. The layers can be toggled on and off, all the way down to the census block level.
The department prepared the map to show the areas of Washington most in need of increased broadband infrastructure, adoption and training programs.
State dollars and a National Telecommunications and Information Administration grant funded the website and the mapping program.