Last month it was announced that Benton County, Oregon ranked fourth in a study of the “Fastest 25” Broadband List, conducted by ID Insight. This study ranked all the counties across the country according to their internet download and upload speeds and used a proprietary BroadBand Scout database that compiled transactional data. Nassau County, N.Y. ranked first, but Oregon had four on the top 25 list. Following Benton County in Oregon was Yamhill County at 13th, Multnomah County at 17th, and Washington County at 19th.
This is great news for Oregon and specifically Benton County, where PEAK has a large presence and thousands of broadband customers. We are proud to be contributing to this pervasive broadband access and look forward to pushing it even further. As part of this goal we have identified several under served areas and critical community stakeholders that cannot get adequate bandwidth. This includes residential areas that don’t have access to broadband and schools that get bandwidth simply capable of supporting current teaching methods.
As Rick (President/CEO, PEAK) mentioned in his President’s Letter last month, we are looking to remedy this situation with a Federal Stimulus proposal (as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) that will provide funding for PEAK to reach these areas with broadband infrastructure. This proposal was recently submitted and we look forward to hearing the verdict in the coming months.
I was interested in writing this post to simply point out the contribution PEAK and its broadband partners have made to Internet access availability in the areas we serve. However, it might also be a good opportunity for readers to tell us which areas are under served. Are you in or do you know of an area that can’t get broadband service?