County conducting survey on broadband quality

CRESTVIEW, Fla., Feb. 1, 2022—Okaloosa County is working to improve broadband service to areas of north Okaloosa with little-to-no access at this time.

A 10-question survey, with an integrated internet speed test, is a first step toward in accomplishing this goal and is critical to the success of the project, according to an Okaloosa County news release.

The online survey must be completed by March 1.

“The areas of Okaloosa County, where there is little or no access to internet services, experience significant roadblocks for business expansion, applying for jobs and participating in online education,” said Mel Ponder, chairman of Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners.

Business and residential participants are asked to complete the survey at home or business where high-speed internet is unreliable or unavailable.

Paper copies of the survey are available upon request.

“This broadband survey will give us the data needed to develop improvement projects and present solutions on broadband infrastructure needs for Okaloosa County residents and businesses,” said board Vice Chairman Nathan Boyles, District 3.

The survey will help determine broadband needs in north Okaloosa County areas such as Baker.

Information gathered from the survey will only be used to support the North County Broadband Project and guide the investment of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

For more information or assistance on this survey, call 850-651-7570 or email the county at itinfo@myokaloosa.com.

The Broadband Internet Survey can be accessed at https://webgis.myokaloosa.com/broadbandsurvey/.

April Sarver, Okaloosa County public information officer

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