Video: Walton County Broadband Initiative
Walton County Broadband Initiative
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:05:10 +0000Walton County Broadband InitiativeWalton County Broadband Initiativehttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12503/6870491?cpt=8&wpid=2637WMBBa slow internet connection problem could soon be a thing of the past in walton county. the walton united broadband initiative board met with county commissioners today, clearly define their next step in fixing the technology. news 13's peyton locicero spoke with walton county officials about the proposal. looklive defuniak springs residents are one step closer to having broad connectivity and internet access. walton county officials authorized a full study to determine how they can bring better service to the area. rick wilson, wal. co. projects and programs manager "we got permission to do that from the board and this meeting, we defined the scope of what we want to find out broadband wise in walton county. who has it, who doesn't have it, what the cost is, where the wires are laid in the ground and what we can do to improve the services for the citizens of this county." their initiative stemmed from public safety concerns. officials told us they want to bring the county's connections up to speed. rick wilson, wal. co. projects and programs manager "we feel our citizens deserve better so we want to hit up our community centers, our libraries, our rural areas so that the secondary education, telemedicine, telehealth options are available to them." the committee decided they are going to look into dig possibilities which means, during any construction, it would be required for the builders to lay conduit for fibers allowing for connections. sara comander, walton county commissioner "i think a good suggestion was made today that from now on, we need to encourage developers if you have a subdivision this is one of the requirements that we require." the committee told us their goal is to reach one- hundred percent connectivity and possible free interent. rick wilson, wal. co. projects and programs manager "we are looking to find a solution to provide internet county wide to our residents. right not, most of them do not have high speed internet and we want to proide that for them. this feasibility study will hopefully give us a clear path to that end goal." sara comander, walton county commissioner "one of the difficult things is that we are so rural in the north end, there may not be another house for a mile or two it's difficult to provide that. but that is our ultimate goal." while some residents are tired of waiting for access, most see this as a step in the right direction. in defuniak springs...peyt on locicero...ne ws 13. wilson told us they will soon issue requests for qualifications for companies who could conduct the feasibility study for walton county.