Kentucky kicks off internet speed test in 1st step to improving statewide connectivity

Thank you, Governor. And congratulations on your selection to the task force. That’s exciting. So when Governor Beshear and I took office just over a year ago, we spoke about the growing importance of our Internet as part of our state’s infrastructure, a growing, uh, infrastructure. And certainly the Internet has a growing presence there after the Cove in 19 Pandemic. Um, we’ve seen the need for strong, reliable Internet access, and we’ve seen that need grow exponentially. Countless Kentucky ends rely on services, uh, to keep their family safe through tele work, telehealth and online learning communities Count on Internet service for economic development and communication. Several months ago, I announced our administration’s plan to get entered that access to every K 12 student across this commonwealth. We dedicated $8 million worth of federal cares funding to that project so that every K 12 student would have access in Kentucky when we started, it was estimated that about 10 to 15% of Kentucky students did not have access in their own homes. I’m happy to announce that that number is now declined to 2% but we’re committed to closing the digital divide for every student across this commonwealth. So today we’re moving forward with the first step of the Kentucky Broadband initiative for all Kentucky INTs. I’m excited to announce speed test Kentucky Speed Test. Kentucky is an online speed test that measures the strength of your Internet connection. We already know that rural areas in our state like adequate and Internet services and that speed test will narrow our focus so that we can prioritize those communities. We’re asking every Kentucky in no matter where you live to help. I’m gonna say that again. We’re asking every Kentucky in no matter where you live to help. All you have to do is go to the Education and Workforce Development Website, perform the speed test and then tell all over your friends by using the hashtag speed test K y. So I’ll tell you a little bit about the speed test. First of all, it is free. It is totally anonymous, and it takes about 30 seconds. And if you have kids at home students, I’m gonna ask you to help your parents in your grandparent’s figure this out so that we can get as many people involved as possible. All you have to do is enter your address, Click on Begin and the test runs itself. After 30 seconds, you’ll see a readout of your Internet speed and you’re done. It’s really that simple. This is the first step in ensuring that all Kentucky INS have access to fast, reliable and affordable Internet. We need as many Kentucky and as possible to complete this test once we have enough data from step one. Step two involves building a map all the way across Kentucky with our strongest and weakest points of connection. Using that map, Step three is going to involve leveraging partners, both public and private, to provide broadband coverage in areas that need it. Individuals without WiFi access in their home can actually visit their local library or other locations, like stores or restaurants that offer free Internet access. And they can enter their own address Azaz as being someone that has no available service. We certainly need those folks to do that as well. Governor Bush here and I will be providing weekly updates to the number of Kentucky, and you have taken the test until we reach the deadline of February 18th in true team Kentucky Spirit. We have a large contingency of partners, and that speaks to exactly how important this project ISS. The next slide is a list of partners on. I want them to know how grateful we are for them, that they’re helping us to build a better Kentucky for everyone. So as I wrap up, let me recap and tell you to please visit the address on the screen as soon as possible, but certainly before February 18th to complete the speed test and know that you are helping us to build a better Kentucky for everyone. Thank you. Ever wish you?

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Kentucky kicks off internet speed test in 1st step to improving statewide connectivity

Kentucky is taking another step to address the issue of internet connectivity across the commonwealth, and state officials are hoping residents themselves can help.Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman said Kentucky is kicking off a statewide broadband speed test, a crowd-sourcing project aimed at gathering data from Kentuckians that will then be analyzed to improve broadband access across the state.Residents can do their part by going to this website, where they will take an anonymous internet speed test. The statewide test will be live until Feb. 18.The speed test will measure the strength of someone’s internet connection. State leaders are asking any and all residents, no matter where they live, to take the speed test.People who don’t have internet at home are asked to go to a public library or business that offers internet, where they can then log onto the website, input their address and list their home as not having internet access.Coleman said the goal of the test is to eventually see which areas of Kentucky are lacking adequate internet access. State leaders have said the pandemic has unveiled disparities in household connectivity, especially in rural areas.The lieutenant governor said the need for internet at home has become more apparent with students engaged in virtual learning and adults working from home. She said it’s estimated that about 2% of students lack internet access at home.Coleman said the speed test is a first step in helping the state improve internet access. The next step will be building a map — using the speed test data — that will show where broadband is strongest and weakest.Step three would involve working with public and private partners to bring internet access to those areas that are lacking.Click here for more information about the internet speed test.

Kentucky is taking another step to address the issue of internet connectivity across the commonwealth, and state officials are hoping residents themselves can help.

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Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman said Kentucky is kicking off a statewide broadband speed test, a crowd-sourcing project aimed at gathering data from Kentuckians that will then be analyzed to improve broadband access across the state.

Residents can do their part by going to this website, where they will take an anonymous internet speed test. The statewide test will be live until Feb. 18.

The speed test will measure the strength of someone’s internet connection. State leaders are asking any and all residents, no matter where they live, to take the speed test.

People who don’t have internet at home are asked to go to a public library or business that offers internet, where they can then log onto the website, input their address and list their home as not having internet access.

Coleman said the goal of the test is to eventually see which areas of Kentucky are lacking adequate internet access. State leaders have said the pandemic has unveiled disparities in household connectivity, especially in rural areas.

The lieutenant governor said the need for internet at home has become more apparent with students engaged in virtual learning and adults working from home. She said it’s estimated that about 2% of students lack internet access at home.

Coleman said the speed test is a first step in helping the state improve internet access. The next step will be building a map — using the speed test data — that will show where broadband is strongest and weakest.

Step three would involve working with public and private partners to bring internet access to those areas that are lacking.

Click here for more information about the internet speed test.

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