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Broadband Needs

Date: Mar. 28, 2010
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There's been a lot of talk in these parts for quite awhile about the lack of broadband once you get outside the towns. Many of you reading this blog are still in very rural areas where broadband simply is not available.

Broadband is critical for economic development now and in the future. Rappahannock County, in particular, has a serious problem in this area.

The FCC recently came out with a plan to expand the reach and speed of broadband in this country. As part of their efforts in this area they are trying to map what is available now around the country. You can test your connection at this site and add that data to what they've already collected. Please do this!

And, let's do a little data collection here. Let me know what your results are and where you're at. Let's see what we can find out about the area. Pass this link along to your friends and have them report here as well.

Here are my results for Amissville in Rappahannock County:

Download speed: 1001 Kbps

Upload speed: 252 Kbps

Latency: 753 ms

Jitter: 85 mps

By the way, if you're looking for definitions of each of these, they're also available on the FCC site.

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