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PA BEAD Challenge

Southwestern Pennsylvania Residents, Do You Know If Your Internet Speeds Are Fast?

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The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is providing this tool free of charge to help local residents test their internet speeds and submit official challenges to the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority’s Mapping Challenge. Currently, the official speed tests for certain homes may not be documented accurately, and we want to help. If your home remains unidentified or is misidentified as having quality internet, you will not be eligible to receive free internet upgrades! Participating in this challenge will ensure your home is not overlooked for this once-in-a-lifetime Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program (BEAD) federal funding. You need to complete three short online tests to capture your internet speed over the course of three separate days. You must begin your first test no later than May 20. The speed tests will close on May 22.

Our Goal:

To identify locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania that are misrepresented as not having quality internet and help to bring change. We want to ensure that more funding is allocated to the region, so that no home is left behind.

Not sure whether your home is identified as having internet or not?

To review the FCC’s designation of your home, please visit Pennsylvania BEAD Challenge Public Map.

SWPA Residents

The Challenge period ends May 22, 2024 and requires speed tests to be completed on three separate days. All speed tests need to begin by May 20, 2024.

Step 1: Check Your Subscription Speed

Find a paper copy of your internet bill or retrieve one from your internet service provider’s payment portal. Take a photo or screenshot of your bill showing the speed package to which you subscribe. You will be prompted to upload this image during the next step.

Step 2: Test Your Speed

Click the link below to test your internet speed. Is your internet speed running at the minimum recommended speed of 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload?

Step 2: Test Your Speed

Step 3: Submit a Challenge

Community Anchor Institutions (CAI)

If you have concerns about the internet speed at your CAI (hospital, school, library, faith-based institution, etc.) please contact us.

Have Questions?

If you have questions or concerns, please send us an email by clicking on the box below or calling us at 724-495-4306.

About Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Local Development District (LDD), and Economic Development District (EDD) serving 10 counties. The organization’s coverage area is Allegheny including the City of Pittsburgh, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties. It is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of state and federal transportation funding and establishing economic and workforce development priorities for the region. Our organization’s mission is to keep the region connected and moving forward by helping plan for its future.

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