In recognition of the critical need to expand broadband into rural areas, the National Association of Counties, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership and Rural LISC have partnered to address the critical need for expanded high-speed internet across the country. Together, the three organizations developed a mobile app, known as “Testit” that gives mobile phone users the power to accurately identify areas with low or no internet connectivity and share that information to push for change. Armed with that data, the organizations will advocate for adequate funding for broadband infrastructure in unserved rural areas.
“Without access to high-speed internet and cell phone service, rural parts of Cumberland County are being left behind,” said Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella, voicing his support for the mobile app.
Within the app, users can test their broadband speed from anywhere. Snapshots from individual tests will be collected within a database, allowing connectivity data throughout Cumberland County to be analyzed.
“We have large gaps in broadband service in our county and we now have a tool to collect the data we need to prompt action,” Derella added, urging county residents to download and used the app.
For more information, visit https://www.naco.org/resources/press/naco-rural-lisc-and-rcap-launch- mobile-app-and-announce-bridging-economic-divide