Access to high-speed Internet service is essential for residents and businesses, but a lack of access to this service has been a national issue for years. The pandemic has only highlighted the “digital divide” in our community. Dutchess County seeks to eliminate that divide and enable accessible high-speed Internet service for all residents and organizations within the County.
What can you do? Dutchess County is working with NYSTEC, an independent technology firm, to address service gaps and we need your help. We are asking residents and representatives of businesses, non-profits, and other organizations to complete a quick survey about the Internet access used at your home or business. The information you provide will help us identify underserved and unserved areas in the County and remove the barriers that are preventing access to high-speed Internet services.
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The term high-speed Internet commonly refers to Internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access.
High-speed internet includes several transmission technologies:
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL):
DSL is a wired transmission technology that transmits data faster over traditional copper telephone lines already installed to homes and businesses.
Cable modem service enables cable operators (like Spectrum or Optimum) to provide high-speed Internet access using the same coaxial cables that deliver pictures and sound to your TV set.
Fiber optic technology converts electrical signals carrying data to light and sends the light through transparent glass fibers with the diameter of a human hair. Fiber speeds far exceed current DSL or cable modem speeds.
Wireless technologies use a radio link and longer-range directional equipment, and can provide high-speed Internet service in remote or sparsely populated areas where DSL or cable modem service would be costly to provide
Like wireless, satellites provide high-speed Internet access for remote or sparsely populated areas utilizing the links from satellites in orbit. Speeds are typically slower than DSL and Cable, but much faster than dial-up.
Broadband over Powerline (BPL):
BPL is the delivery of high-speed Internet access over the existing low- and medium-voltage electric power distribution network, with speeds comparable to DSL and cable modems. BPL can be provided to homes using existing electrical connections.
A speed test is typically performed by visiting a site such as SpeedTest.net that will automatically test the upload and download speeds of the internet service the device is connected to.
This survey includes a speed test. Within the survey, click on “Test My Internet,” and the test website will open in a separate window or tab. Click the “GO” button and wait for the test to be completed on your internet connection. Please then return to the survey to record your upload and download speeds in the survey.
Broadband technology has revolutionized the way services are provided and business is conducted. By improving communication and the flow of information, broadband enhances efficiency, thus, enabling significant advances in New York’s ability to compete in the global economy. This facilitates job creation, decreases healthcare costs, expands consumer choice, and improves competition.
High-speed Internet's utility touches all aspects of residential and commercial life: