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North Delta Planning and Developing District Discusses Broadband Improvements

TUNICA, Miss.–You may not be getting the broadband you’re paying for and the State of Mississippi wants to help, says James Curscio, with the North Delta Planning and Development District.
“We want to help identify the areas that are shown on the state map as having broadband, but not actually having it,” he told the Tunica County Board of Supervisors this week.
Curscio said the state maps to monitor area with and without the service rely on providers to tell them where they are offering the service and it’s not always accurate. To get a better idea of what customers actually have 100 mbps download speeds, they are going to be asking some people to perform a speed test and give them the results.
“So id someone’s paying for a certain amount of speed, this documents whether they are receiving it or not,” he said, adding that the test will have to be performed three times. He said that tests in his own office in Clarksdale showed they were receiving poorer service than they realized.
“We’re doing this in seven counties. We’re trying to do it in the next couple of months,” he said.