County works on rural Internet speeds


November 2, 2022

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Linn County IT Director Steve Braaten, at left, sits with Linn County Commissioner Sherrie Sprenger.

Linn County IT Director Steve Braaten wants rural residents to take advantage of a federal infrastructure bill and several grant opportunities to provide faster Internet through fiber optics for long-distance and high-performance data networking.

All they have to do is visit using their home's Internet service, enter their physical addresses and click "Test My Speed."

The test takes less than a minute, and its information is then mapped in a database for Linn County that identifies homes without high-speed Internet. (Those residents can use public computers or the...

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