According to the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition, Redwood County currently ranks 87th out of 87 in Minnesota counties access to high speed Internet. That’s not something to be proud of in the best of circumstances. It’s worse today, when so many people are working from home, students are participating in distance learning, businesses are doing more with e-commerce or online services, virtual medical appointments are being conducted, and churches have gone to online church services.
Obviously, getting area residents access to faster Internet needs to be a priority if we’re going to keep up with the rest of Minnesota.
To try to speed things along, so to speak, the Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is conducting a statewide crowd-sourced Internet speed test initiative. The Redwood County Economic Development Authority is partnering with them to collect data for Redwood County. The goal of the project is to obtain understanding of not only where there is (and is not) internet service, but at what speed.
There are ways for Redwood County residents to help encourage faster Internest speed in the county.
1) Go to the Redwood County EDA website and take the test, using your home or business computer or phone. It’s a secure site, and takes less than a minute.
2) Submit a testimonial. How has a lack of high speed Internet hurt you? Let the Redwood County EDA know what your Internet experiece is like by sending a few sentences to https://redwoodcounty-mn.us/test. If you’d prefer to keep your testimonial anonymous, that’s okay, you can list your city/township instead.
3) Spread the word to family and friends, even if they don’t live in Redwood County. The more tests submitted, the stronger the useful data will be.
If you’re interested in learning more, or have questions, visit the Redwood County EDA webpage, or contact Briana Mumme, Redwood County Economic Development Coordinator, at (507) 637-1122, or [email protected]