Internet Speeds to Get Put to the Test in Va. Public Schools

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Education is encouraging the state’s public schools to participate in a statewide test of Internet connection speeds next month.

Each school division is being asked to designate a person to coordinate testing and ensure that the tests are conducted in all 1,867 public schools, as well as buildings housing regional and specialty education programs. Ten connection-speed tests are planned during October.

Testers will log onto a special website and follow step-by-step instructions to measure bandwidth and document upload and download speeds. The goal is to use the data to improve Internet access for students and help schools plan for increases in the use of wireless devices and the popularity of online learning.

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