A Virginia Tech research group is inviting New River Valley computer users to test the speed of their Internet connections.
The results will create a map of the region’s connection speeds. Researchers say that could help target improvement efforts in areas with poor connectivity and might attract new business prospects to areas with better access.
The test can be found online at www.acceleratevirginia.org/speedtest and takes only a few minutes to complete, according to the group.
“Along with other sources, the data collected by the Accelerate Virginia Internet speed testing campaign will provide a more accurate understanding of broadband availability, identify areas potentially in need for improved services and support Virginia’s state-wide broadband mapping initiative,” explained a news release announcing the speed tests.
The Accelerate Virginia website has a rolling map of the results of the most recent 500 tests. On Tuesday, results from Blacksburg appeared to be mostly toward the faster end of the response spectrum, while those in Christiansburg were slower. Here and there in both towns, an occasional red flag indicated the slowest speeds, comparable to dial-up.
Accelerate Virginia is a project of Tech’s eCorridors program that for 14 years has sought to foster better, more affordable broadband connections throughout the region. The speed test effort also is linked to the Blacksburg Broadband Steering Committee, which last year began seeking ways to connect every town residence and business to a gigabit-speed network.
For more information about running the speed test, or to report residences with no available Internet service so that the study can include those areas too, contact Jean Plymale at 231-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.