The Delta Regional Authority has launched a new mapping initiative focused on broadband within its eight-state region.
As part of this initiative, called the Delta Broadband Mapping Project, the federal-state partnership is looking to bolster the broadband infrastructure in the 252 counties and parishes it serves to strengthen telehealth, education, remote work and more. This initiative is beginning with the Delta Speed Test, a free and anonymous test that collects and analyzes the quality of high-speed access in the region.
According to the DRA, the speed test will enable policymakers to identify the gaps in internet access. This test can be accessed here.
“Broadband is essential infrastructure that is often lacking, especially in rural areas of the Delta region,”DRA spokeswoman Shawna Blair said in a statement. “The Delta Broadband Mapping Project allows our state partners to accurately identify digital divides and ultimately obtain state and federal resources dedicated to broadband expansion projects. In less than one minute, Arkansans can take the Delta Speed Test and help state and local leaders understand the internet capabilities within their communities.”
Individuals can use any device that has an internet or cellular connection to take the Delta Speed Test. Devices must be connected to a home internet service. Those without home internet access can visit establishments with free internet access and submit those results.