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TCDA Urges Residents to Test Internet Speed

By Staff | Dec 6, 2017

The Tyler County Development Authority (TCDA) is urging county residents to test their internet speed through a web portal made available by the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council (Broadband Council).

The speed test is located at broadband.wv.gov and is independently administered through an internet speed testing and analysis company.

“The resulting test data can serve as an early and honest measure of the quality of internet service being provided within Tyler County and will help our effort to address deficiencies in our county’s connectivity,” said TCDA executive director Eric Peters.

The Tyler County Commission has submitted an application to the West Virginia Development Office for a $30,000 Community Development Block Grant, to be used to conduct planning and research to determine the feasibility of establishing broadband internet service through a local cooperative, Peters explained. At the county commission’s request, the TCDA has agreed to administer the grant, should the application be approved for funding.

“Application for a Community Development Block Grant must be made by a county commission or a municipality,” Peters explained.

“The county commission agreed there is a need for this effort and made the application, with assistance from the regional planning and development council (MOVRC).”

In its own press release, the Broadband Council asked for public participation in its new initiative as part of its mission to provide affordable and accessible broadband service throughout the state. The speed test will provide the data needed to generate a statewide broadband coverage map, which will accurately identify the presence and level of broadband service in the state.

“In order to diversify the Mountain State’s economy, affordable and accessible broadband service must be available to all West Virginians,” Secretary of Commerce Woody Thrasher said. “This is a crucial next step that will allow for continued economic growth and advancement in rural areas of the Mountain State.”

“This speed test is safe and secure and available to residents who have internet service at their home, business or at a public facility. The more public input we receive, the more accurately we can assess the availability of broadband service throughout the state. With this information, the Broadband Council will work with local governments to help bring affordable broadband service to underserved and unserved areas of the state,” said Council Chairman Robert Hinton. “Internet users can access this speed test at the Broadband Council website and it only takes a few minutes to complete the test.”

The Broadband Council was created in 2016 to provide for and oversee the development of plans, processes and procedures for extending broadband access throughout West Virginia. In 2017, the West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 3093, and Governor Justice signed into law, which set forth additional duties and responsibilities for the Council to advance its purpose.