Seeking Citizen Science Volunteers to Help Measure the Internet

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Bridging the Digital Divide: One Data Point at a Time.

The University of Chicago is seeking citizen science volunteers for a research project (“FLOTO”) run by the Internet Equity Initiative (IEI) and the Nimbus Group. (Read more about the project here.) Participants will receive a small speed tester to measure their Internet service along with a $50 gift card. Sign up below to receive a measurement device! See our information sheet and FAQs for more details about the research and what the device does.

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What Does the Speed Tester Do?

The speed tester (pictured above) measures Internet performance at the household level. Think of it as a health monitor for your home Internet service. By connecting to your existing service, the device gathers data on Internet speed, latency, and reliability without interfering with your service. These data are anonymous and do not contain any information about your personal usage of the Internet.

Why Get a Speed Tester?

Device Hosting Details

Thank you for your interest in hosting a speed tester. Please submit the form below to determine your eligibility and apply to receive a speed tester.

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To apply, fill out our short eligibility survey. This survey will help us understand your internet connectivity and whether your location is suitable for hosting a speed tester. Please review our Participation Info Sheet before signing up.

After completing the eligibility survey, our team will review your application. If you are selected, we will reach out to provide you with the necessary equipment and support for hosting the speed tester.

For any questions or further information, please feel free to contact our team at broadband-equity@lists.uchicago.edu.

Note: This page is intended for informational purposes only. Particiaption is subject to eligibility and availability.