In an effort to identify and close gaps in Internet broadband service in the state, Hawai'i has launched a Website to detect issues. Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced that the data collected from hawaiispeedtest.net will be used to create an estimate of current Internet connection speeds throughout the state.
The Website is one aspect of legislation that was passed last August to increase the overall quality of broadband service in Hawai'i. The end goal is more comprehensive coverage and a 200 times increase in Internet speeds over the next seven years.
The speed test on the Website is designed to analyze both wired and wireless Internet access from a variety of different devices such as smartphones and PCs. The public is being encouraged to test the speeds multiple times through multiple devices. Their hope is that with more locations and services tested, they will be able to more accurately identify areas in need of service improvements.