Vermont officials have launched statewide testing to determine mobile wireless coverage and encourages the public to get involved. The Department of Public Service is working in conjunction with the Agency of Transportation to complete drive tests to assess the coverage and speed of cell service throughout the state. As part of the testing, the public is invited to conduct their own tests to provide further data and reach spots that are not part of the state’s planned routes. The public can also request additional routes be considered for the state’s testing. The drive tests will be conducted by AOT staff on a regional basis beginning in the southern portion of the state and working their way north using specific equipment that can measure multiple carriers as well as signal strength metrics for data and voice. Mobile wireless consumers may also participate in the effort by conducting their own tests using Ookla’s Speedtest app to test the speed and performance of their mobile internet connection. Ookla will include the results of all consumer mobile wireless tests conducted with the Speedtest by Ookla app taken between July 1 and Sept. 30 with the results of the PSD and AOT drive tests. Vermont has published a map of the intended drive test routes, which includes principal state routes and main roads. Vermont residents are encouraged to help fill in the map with their own testing. This is the first time the state has looked to residents to aid in the process of evaluating cell coverage.