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Internet Equity Initiative

Data about and analysis of Internet performance and reliability with actionable insights to address inequity in communities across the United States.

About the Data

Open data on fixed Internet performance and reliability at the household level

Comprehensive

Numerous measurements of Internet performance and reliability, from Internet speed and latency to WiFi performance.

Local

Collected directly at the access network of the household.

Historical

Regularly updated to add new measurements, new locations, and new time periods for historical and longitudinal studies.

Accessible

Open source and free to download, with Juptyer notebooks for exploring the data.

Join our Internet Study

The Internet Equity Initiative is seeking volunteers to participate in a study that measures the performance of home Internet connections to better understand Internet performance and access across communities in Chicago.

What kinds of questions can this portal help answer?

Do Different Neighborhoods Receive the Same Internet Service?

Measuring disparities in performance and user experience requires continuous, granular data that allows comparisons of the Internet experience in households from different neighborhoods with similar service plans. Our Netrics platform is the first to collect this continuous, granular data at a community level.

Which Areas of My City Lack Quality Internet?

Using census data on Internet use, as well as socioeconomic data, we assess which neighborhoods in Chicago have the least connectivity. Read our analysis on high-speed Internet access in Chicago.

How Much Internet Do I Need at Home?

We tested the three most popular video conferencing applications (Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams) to see how much home Internet bandwidth is needed for remote work and school.

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