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Broadband Committee Asks Lincoln County Residents To Take Internet Speed ​​Test

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LINCOLN COUNTY – Residents of Lincoln County have the opportunity to take an internet speed test as part of a process to expand high-speed internet access in the county.

A Special Interest Committee, formed by Lincoln County Council Supervisors and comprised of Supervisors, Information Technology (IT) and Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals, and members of the public, was recently formed to “gain a better understanding of broadband needs and the resources available for its development,” according to a statement from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

The committee has partnered with WEDC and surrounding counties and entities to expand broadband access throughout the region. An internet speed test for all Lincoln County residents, which will help determine where assistance is needed, is the first step in this process.

The WEDC said the test will help determine where internet speeds fall below FCC standards and where the state should focus on building broadband infrastructure.

“Broadband access is vital to Wisconsin’s economic health and growth, but many homes and businesses do not have broadband access or Internet service speeds below FCC standards,” said said the WEDC. “State and federal grants are available to bring broadband to underserved areas of the state, but in order to tap into these grants, the state must identify areas that need it most.”

“Broadband access will help Wisconsin attract businesses and workers, and broadband is essential for those working or doing homework or trying to access services online,” Missy said. Hughes, Secretary and CEO of WEDC. “But we can’t do this without the help of Wisconsinans across the state. We need as many of us as possible to take a very simple internet speed test.

To take the test, visit the Lincoln County website (https://co.lincoln.wi.us) from your home or workplace by June 15, 2022.

“It will only take a few moments and personal information is always protected and never shared,” WEDC said, adding that even residents without internet access can help by logging into the site from a friend’s house, the local library or from their mobile phone. and clicking “Enter an address with no service available” to complete the survey.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads the state’s economic development efforts in advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities, and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. To visit www.wedc.org or follow WEDC on Twitter @WEDCNews to find out more.