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SpeedUp USA - Nationwide Internet Speed Map #4
The project vision is an open source nationwide map that pulls individual internet speed test data from M-Lab and breaking down the results on maps and charts by points, census blocks, ISP, date range, and speed. Census block data and FCC 477 data will used in both the analysis and maps.
The current implentation of SpeedUp has been deployed to these cities.
The project can be used as part of a digital inclusion strategy to learn where inequities are in your community. SpeedUp can help citizens, businesses, policymakers and others better understand where Louisville residents can access high-quality Internet service, and where there are needs, allowing cities to track and improve performance through key policies, ISP agreements, and partnerships.
In April 2016, Louisville Metro Government’s OPI2 Innovation Team, PowerUp Labs and other partners launched a web-based application aimed to increase transparency about Internet service quality in Louisville at a hackathon. Louisville worked partners to open source "SpeedUp" so that any local government or organization can launch this application for their community.
The application, SpeedUpLouisville.com, the local deployment of "SpeedUp", collects and publicly shares user-generated information about local broadband service speeds, rates and service quality in Louisville. It also incorporates the Measurement Lab Test, which is integrated with Google.com, and greatly increases the number of tests that the application collects.
Vision for the Future
The end goal for this project is to create a crowd sourced broadband map for the entire United States that is filterable by state, region, and city. I believe we can do this by expanding the platform created for SpeedUpLouisville.com and doing a more comprehensive integration with the Mlab platform.
In the end, we believe this crowd source map will give us the most accurate on the ground data about what is actually happening in terms of Internet connectivity in our communities. And, it can also be a starting point for a conversation with Internet service providers about more detailed, granular data about their service provision rather than the FCC 477 data, which can be unreliable and misleading about the ground truth.
This phase would consist of building out a national version of SpeedUpLouisville.com with his current features and a more robust integration with Mlab data including some in on some new visualizations
This phase will consist of building out filters and other methods to slice the data to a more granular level so people can investigate the data for their local area
Articles and Write-Ups
About the Speed Test and the Data
The data is displayed on an interactive map and available for free download, with the goal of increasing transparency about Internet service quality in Louisville and to continue the conversation around fiber in your community.
Citizens can visit the site from any device to take the free Internet service test, and is supplemented by Google's M-Lab tests. The data provided by the test and short survey is stored in a publicly available database, combined with other results, and published to the online map in a form that does not identify contributors, and allows direct raw data download.