Digital Inclusion @ Home

Schools and workplaces are closing across the country and around the globe: students and professionals are conducting more and more of their day-to-day work online. Digital inclusion advocates are collaborating in an initiative to build understanding of the impact that increased teleworking has on the Internet regionally, and to document how broadband connectivity speeds are impacted by this increased load over time:

  • Can home connectivity support all of the traditional offline activities that have now moved online (i.e., teleconferencing instead of face-to-face meetings, video streaming instead of lectures, etc.)?
  • What fraction of people are able to meet the performance level required by telepresence requirements?
  • Which constituencies are facing additional detrimental impacts of telework and teleschooling due to poor broadband speeds?
  • Are some networks unable to cope with the sudden shift in demand?

If you are accessing this page via a mobile device that is not connected to WiFi, please take our Mobile Connectivity Survey.

Aggregated test results will be reported out publicly. Only researchers affiliated and vetted by our Data Partner organizations will have access to individual test location data. If you want to additionally approve your data to be made available for the research of a specific Supporting Partner, please select your preferred organization at the end of the survey.

Sharing Your Location

This initiative is requesting your permission to share your location using your browser, which is more precise than the location data that M-Lab normally collects. Your shared location [1], survey responses, and test results will be stored securely and privately, and will be used with other results from your area to calculate the overall speeds in your US census block. While this additional precision is not mandatory, opting in to sharing your location will help create far more accurate broadband speed maps, which will be used by the Digital Inclusion research and advocacy community. If you select “Use my browser location” on the next page, you will see a window, similar to the images below, requesting your consent to share your location. If you are using Private Browsing mode or Incognito mode, you may need to disable that preference for your browser to report your location accurately.

Screengrab of location ask in Firefox.

Screengrab of location ask in Chrome.

Please answer these questions to the best of your ability - but feel free to skip a question if you do not know. It may help to find a recent bill for your Internet service provider before you start. We are most interested in what you are using to connect to the Internet in your home or office.

You can can start the survey while the test is running or skip the survey and only submit the speed test results once the test completes.

Note: The test will show status messages on the right, above your location (if you consented). If the test appears to not be running or stalled, please wait a few moments and complete the survey, or refresh the page and try again.

Your results are shown on the bottom of the page.