Connect Pima needs to know if you have high-speed internet. This information will help Pima County update Federal Communication Commission (FCC) maps depicting the availability of high-speed internet at city, county, and state levels.
These maps determine the amount of federal funding our state receives to improve broadband infrastructure and increase internet connectivity speeds. The FCC is allocating millions of dollars to states for broadband over the next two years. The Pima County map has many areas without access to high-speed internet, particularly in rural communities.
What do we mean by “high-speed?”
At least 100 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload (100 Mbps/25 Mbps) speeds on your home Wi-Fi, mobile wireless or fixed internet connection. High-speed internet is necessary for so many things in life—appliances, phone, streaming content, work, school, social media apps, applying for assistance, and even doctor visits. Slow internet limits our engagement in a technology-driven world.
How do we find out our speed?
Download the FCC Speed Test app to your cellular device. It is available for both Android and iOS operating systems. The app is easy to use. Once you download it, click on “Speed Test” and follow the prompts to test your connection. If the speeds are below 100 Mbps/25 Mbps, click on “Challenge Speed Test” and do the test again. You can do these tests from any Wi-Fi connection you use for your phone.
Connect Pima’s mission is for all Pima County community members to have equitable access to affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet. The Digital Infrastructure and Inclusion Action Plan guides the development of broadband infrastructure, implementation of digital literacy initiatives, and the increase in access to devices and tools for connectivity throughout Pima County.