Speed Test for Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Challenge Process

Take a speed test to measure the quality of your household’s internet service. By completing a speed test using this tool, you’re participating in the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (“BEAD”) Program Challenge Process. Please include your address or zip code, and your email address when you submit your results.

Click Here to take the test for your neighborhood: https://beadchallenge.org/

What is a speed test? A speed test measures the speed and quality of your internet at a point in time.

Why should I take a speed test? Taking a speed test will help ensure that the Illinois Broadband Map accurately shows where there is and is not quality internet available to residents.

What is this tool? By completing a speed test using this tool and sharing your location information, the Internet Equity Initiative will submit internet quality information on your behalf.

What happens after I submit my speed test? Completing and submitting a speed test with your address is step 1! You’ll need to complete two more speed tests on two separate days to complete the process. To help you out, we will send you email reminders to complete your second and third speed tests.

What is the subscribed speed and how to find it? People undertaking a BEAD challenge must indicate the speed tier of their Internet subscription. This is a specific range of download and upload speeds offered by an Internet Service Provider (ISP) under a particular plan. ISPs typically offer various plans, each with different maximum speeds for downloading and uploading data. To find your internet speed tier, check your latest bill, your ISP’s app, or your service agreement.

The University of Chicago’s Internet Equity Initiative will be analyzing this internet performance data on behalf of our partners. By submitting my information I agree to allow University of Chicago Internet Equity Initiative to analyze these data and share with the state broadband office and the ISP I am challenging.
We are committed to your privacy and the data from this website will never be sold.

Speed Test Best Practices:
* Take your speed test close to a router.
* Plug into a router using an ethernet cord, if you have one.
* You can take your speed test during peak usage time (in the evening), but avoid times with others in your households are streaming videos or gaming.

Questions? Reach out to IEI Team at internetequity@uchicago.edu.

Thanks for your help improving internet access in Illinois!
      – Internet Equity Initiative Team