“The Oklahoma Broadband Initiative is dedicated to expanding easy and accessible broadband services to citizens, community anchor institutions (health care facilities, schools, libraries, town halls), and businesses across the state” (http://www.ok.gov/broadband/).
In an effort to obtain federal stimulus money to improve Oklahoma’s broadband infrastructure technology, please test your broadband Internet connection speed by visiting Testing Your Connection Speed (linked to from http://broadbandmapping.ok.gov/). Follow the instructions (e.g. enter the address where you’re testing from, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) supplying the connection where you’re currently testing from, etc.) and let the test complete and you’re done. What an easy way to help!
Make sure you have a compatible browser (see the supported browsers and their versions at the bottom of http://broadbandmapping.ok.gov/). You’ll know if you don’t have a compatible browser if the “Start” button at http://broadbandmapping.ok.gov/OKspeedtest.aspx doesn’t work. In that case, just use a supported browser or don’t run the test.
The Oklahoma Broadband Initiative is part of the National Broadband Plan: Connecting America (here’s the plan: http://www.broadband.gov/plan/). Watch the FCC.gov’s “Announcing the National Broadband Plan” video (from March 16, 2010) below.
Other cool resources:
FCC Spectrum Dashboard – Who owns US spectrum licenses? What spectrum is available in my county?
- Learn more about spectrum
- Search the Spectrum Availability Map by County
- Browse spectrum bands
- Search for an ISP by name
- View Spectrum Dashboard reports
FCC Consumer Broadband Test and Report a Broadband Deadzone – What does speed mean? Is there a Mobile version of the Broadband Consumer Test?
- Report a residential location where broadband access is not available
- Read other FAQ’s
Is there a Mobile version of the Broadband Consumer Test?
Yes, the FCC has released a free Mobile Consumer Broadband Test for the Apple iPhone and Android mobile platforms. The official name of the App is the FCC Broadband Test. This tool can be downloaded to your Apple or Android enabled device by accessing the App Store on your handheld phone. For more information about the Apple App Store, go here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/. The Android app market is available here: http://www.android.com/market/.
This beta version is the FCC’s first attempt at providing Americans with real-time information about their broadband connection quality. The FCC will continue to explore ways to improve user experience and the feature sets of these tests.