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Recent News // Ionia County internet is lagging

Monday, March 28, 2016


Households in Ionia County have significantly slower Internet speed than the rest of Michigan, according to Connect Michigan.

The non-profit organization’s study done in October 2014 shows that while 98 percent of Ionia County residents had access to Internet speed of 3 megabits per second (mbps), only 67 percent of residents had access to 10 mbps speed, compared to 93 percent for the rest of the state.

This can slow down how people can use the Internet at home. For instance, Netflix recommends users to have at least 5 mbps to watch high definition content. Even at this speed, there is often issues loading videos.

Slow Internet can also impact area business owners and others who use the Internet to manage finances, trade stocks or connect with loved ones.

Looking deeper into the numbers shows that 42 percent of households in Ionia County have access to 25 mbps speed Internet and 40 percent have access to 50 mbps speed, compared to 88 percent and 88 percent respectively statewide.

The Ionia County Boardband Initiative is working to improve those numbers by conducting a survey of county residents to give to Internet providers. At an Ionia County Board of Commissioners meeting earlier this month Tina Conner Wellman said the group, comprised of members from the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce, Ionia County Intermediate School District, Ionia Community Library, and The Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness, is working to identify the problem areas in the county.

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