Internet speeds in Idaho are slow. According to Ookla, the company behind the Speedtest service, only five states have slower median download speeds.
Fixed connection Internet users in New Jersey enjoy a median download of 196.14 Mbps, while the median speed for a Gem Stater is just 94.68 Mbps.
(Idaho ranks slightly better for mobile speeds, according to Ookla, but still ranks 39th out of 51.)
But broadband connections are increasingly vital to just about everything. Commercial developments rely on speedy connections for residents, stores, or warehouses. Idahoans from metro areas to rural areas rely on connections for telehealth, education, and more. And it’s not just how speedy a connection is that’s important – it’s if a broadband hookup is available at all.
An increasing push in the last several years has put more focus on high-speed Internet at the local, state, and federal levels. The infrastructure bill passed last fall provides significant funding for broadband, and the Federal Communications Commission is in the middle of a project to map out underserved areas to help direct investment.
How does Idaho close the digital divide, and ensure everyone from rural residents to older citizens and startup businesses have access to fast, reliable Internet? What role does 5G or new concepts like the Elon Musk-backed Starlink play? And what does the increased competition look like?
BoiseDev is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to look at what’s being done for this key piece of infrastructure – and how it impacts everyone from developers to medical professionals to educators and the state’s rural areas.
Join us for Vital Connection: The future of broadband in Idaho. The BoiseDev team will go to Jack’s Urban Meeting Place in Boise on October 5th at noon with a great panel for a fast-paced discussion on this key topic. Your ticket includes the panel, lunch, and conversation. Limited tickets available here.
Our panel includes:
- Alex Winkler, CIO, City of Boise
- Donna Eggers, Idaho Commission for Libraries
- Dr. Daniel Meltzer, Executive Medical Director, Regence BlueShield of Idaho
- Quinn Perry, Deputy Director & Government Affairs, Idaho School Boards Association