WEC concludes speed test study
Most residents of the Wiregrass do not have internet service with the speeds needed to perform even the most basic tasks, according to a recent study by Wiregrass Electric Cooperative.
More than 2,400 cooperative members participated in the survey of their internet performance through the speed test on WEC’s website. Troy University in Dothan validated the results of the study that launched in March and ended in April.
The median download speed for survey respondents was 6.1 Mbps, indicating that 50% of respondents had download speeds below 6.1 Mbps. Also, the median upload speed results indicated that 50% of respondents had speeds below 0.8 Mbps.
In April, WEC Chief Operating Officer Brad Kimbro attended the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s legislative conference in Washington, D.C., on behalf of WEC. He attended with representatives from the Alabama Rural Electric Association and other electric cooperatives from across the state. They expressed the need for changes in the legal language regarding broadband at the state and federal level to ensure rural America is not left behind.
Below is a full copy of the report: