Caldwell leads state in internet speed test response

Amanda Davenport (far left), the executive director of the Lake Barkley Partnership for Economic Development, reports on the state’s internet speed test to the Caldwell Fiscal Court on Tuesday. Listening are (from left) County Clerk Toni Watson and magistrates Elbert Bennett and Jeff Boone.

Amanda Davenport reported to the Caldwell Fiscal Court on Tuesday that the county has had the highest percentage of response to the internet speed test in the state.

Davenport, the executive director of the Lake Barkley Partnership for Economic Development, said that level of response will help this area get better internet service.

“The goal of the state is to have 20% of the county respond,” she said. “Last week, we were at about 18%.

“The speed test is open until the 18th, and from there, we will be able to see where there are holes in coverage.”

Davenport added that the test results are already showing gaps in internet service in the area.

“I’ve had a lot of different calls from different players that are looking and trying to bring internet into the region,” she said. “It’s not going to be a short-term solution, but there are a lot of different entities paying attention to it and saying these are the problems and all trying to figure out how we deal with it.

“It gives us something to show the (Federal Communications Commission): ‘This is what the reports are saying about the internet here, and this is what’s actually on the ground.’ It’s going really well so far. We’re just trying to push it and make sure that all four counties in our area have a decent response.”

Davenport referred to the counties that committed to an internet study last year, including Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston and Lyon counties.

To take the test, people can go to www.thinkrural.com/internet.html. Those without internet service can go to a place where there is internet service and enter their address as one where internet service has no possible connection. Those places may include a library or school area that has public Wi-Fi available.

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