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Montague County Commissioners on Monday received a brief summary of the results from the latest media investigation and a full report scheduled for February.
During the public comments at the general meeting on January 23, Pamela Waggoner, a manager of public communication solutions with Connected Nation, was asked to speak. The company he works for was contacted through the Priddy Foundation to do the broadband research for the district. The full report will be released on Zoom in February.
He reported that although the number of participants is not as high as they would like, 93.56% of the district families have 25/3 Megabits per second (Mbps) which is 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.
The federal government considers 25/3 to be “high speed,” however, the industry relies on that number to require 100/20. Only 700 families are considered at a high level in the district, but if the minimum number is considered “high speed,” 90% is served.
Wagoner said that while some can have strong service there are many opportunities and people are not happy with the speed of service they are experiencing.

The court voted to hire an engineering firm to design and submit specifications for bidding purposes to build a water treatment plant. County Judge Kevin Benton said Commissioner Mike Mayfield conducted a study on what was needed to begin bringing the plant online to replace the current septic system. it serves the courthouse, police station and jail, and annex.

Read the full story in the midweek Bowie News.

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