Snyder urges constituents to document internet speeds by taking online test

30-second effort will help document problem

CARMICHAELS, July 10 – Saying their participation will bolster her effort to bring modern internet to rural areas, state Rep. Pam Snyder is asking 50th Legislative District residents to take a 30-second online broadband speed test at http://broadbandtest.us/

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the test is part of the Pennsylvania Broadband Mapping Initiative being conducted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and Penn State University.

“By participating in this short test using your home computer, you’ll be helping document actual internet speeds in your area, which helps document the nature and scope of the problem,” Snyder said. “Having this empirical data on hand gives those of us fighting for better broadband yet another tool to make our case.”

Snyder has partnered with state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, a Republican from York County, to lead the legislative effort to bring modern internet service to the 800,000 Pennsylvanians living in underserved and unserved areas.

In addition to introducing a four-piece legislative package, Snyder and Phillips-Hill earlier this year were on hand as the governor announced a commitment to address internet service deficiency through creation of a new state office and financial incentive program.

The state Office of Broadband Initiatives is headed by Mark Smith, a former Bradford County commissioner. The Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program is offering up to $35 million to assist private bidders in the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund Phase II auction.