Flagler officials encourage residents to take ‘internet speed tests’

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. Flagler County officials are encouraging county residents to take an “internet speed test” to help them identify opportunities to expand broadband services in Florida.

Officials said the test is anonymous and takes about a minute to complete, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will take the results of the tests to find out which areas have slower internet speeds.

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“The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is working with local governments, such as Flagler County, and other state agencies to understand existing community needs and better serve Floridians through future broadband infrastructure funding opportunities,” said Florida. Jorge Salinas, Deputy County Administrator. “The state’s efforts will expand and improve connectivity throughout Florida and pave the way for future growth.”

The results of the test will help fill out a “Broadband Availability Map,” which shows information about internet speed and responsiveness at various locations across the state, the DEO said.

Flagler County voted last year to negotiate a contract to build internet connections over 187 “route miles.”

Officials said the timeline for completing the first phase of the project should end next year barring delays.

Reports show that the test can be completed on any device and from any location. Visit the DEO website for more information or to complete the survey.

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