Federal funding for faster internet starts with a visit to the Indiana Speed Test
Indiana REALTORS® are proud partners in an effort to bring high-speed internet service to more households across the state, with billions of dollars in future federal funding at stake. Access to broadband has become a must-have for the majority of homebuyers – learn how you can help Indiana close its digital divide.
It’s no surprise that broadband internet access has steadily moved up the list of homebuyer priorities in this era of remote work, online learning and streaming media consumption. Studies show that high-speed internet connectivity can impact home values up to three percent (positive or negative), and that more buyers are investigating internet options along with other necessities during their search – with sometimes mixed results.
IAR has joined the Indiana Farm Bureau, Cook Medical, the Duke Energy Foundation, Association of Indiana Counties and other partners to promote The Indiana Speed Test: This simple, one-click tool measures and submits real-world broadband speed data to create a more accurate map of areas of the state that remain unserved (or underserved) by high-speed service.
Collecting this information is especially important now, as the Federal Communications Commission is updating their broadband data maps, which will help guide the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funding to extend service to rural communities and other ‘blind spots’ in coverage (including a new influx of resources through the bipartisan infrastructure bill). The FCC maps also help direct future funding through state initiatives like Indiana’s Next Level Connections Broadband grant program.
In short, a quick visit to the Indiana Speed Test helps your region collect its fair share of federal investment in broadband infrastructure, supporting this essential service without putting another burden on the local tax base.
Here’s what we’re asking of IAR members:
- Visit Indiana Speed Test at infb.org/speedtest
- Take the test and submit your results
- Encourage REALTORS® in your office, association and broader network to do the same
- Consider sending a note to clients and other contacts about the Speed Test, and sharing it on social media:
I’m teaming up with the Indiana Association of REALTORS®, Indiana Farm Bureau & others to improve high-speed internet access across Indiana – and you can help! Go to www.infb.org/speedtest & measure your broadband speed; collecting real-world data will make sure Hoosiers get our fair share of federal funding for broadband infrastructure in the places that need it most.
Thank you for your help with this important project. We all know broadband is a daily necessity for most households, a vital part of a community’s digital quality of life and economic competitiveness. Harnessing Indiana’s REALTOR® network to provide accurate data can ensure we don’t miss out on the historic levels of federal investment in high-tech infrastructure across the U.S. Take the Indiana Speed Test today!
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