County Needs Information, Particularly from Residents with no Internet Service

Alachua County needs resident assistance in gathering internet service information. It is particularly crucial that we gather information from those with no service. This information will help in formulating a plan to spend millions in available funding to improve service. 

We are getting questions about how people can participate if they have no service. Residents can use their phone (or a computer at the library) to go to the speed test, where they will see the screen pictured. The third option on the speed test allows those without internet to provide their address.

The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has developed Florida’s Broadband Availability Map to identify broadband internet service availability throughout the state. The Broadband Availability Map identifies a location’s speed, connectivity, and access to broadband services. These insights allow the state of Florida to better identify and reach unserved and underserved areas of the state. The map will be an asset to local communities and internet service providers to assist with broadband planning efforts.

As part of DEO’s efforts to encourage public participation collaboration and ensure a high level of transparency, the Florida Broadband Availability Map will be continuously updated on their webpage. Please note that the map is incomplete and will continue to be updated as more data is added and changes in broadband availability are identified. 

For more information, contact Alachua County Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-6979 or msexton@alachuacounty.us.

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