June 22, 2019 at 5:00 am | By JULIA BENNETT Staff Writer

— Idaho’s Internet speeds are slow.

Really slow.

A recent study clocked Gem State download speeds at almost a quarter of the national average. HighSpeedInternet.com, which helps consumers choose Internet service providers, revealed Idaho as the third-slowest state for Internet access. Only Alaska and — surprise — Mississippi came in slower.

Intermax communications director Marcee Hartzell said it was unfortunate but hardly surprising that a relatively rural area like Idaho had such slow speeds.

Last August, Intermax was one of 103 internet service providers to win a $11.5 million grant from the Federal Communications Commission to expand high-speed broadband to rural areas. Hartzell said Intermax received the grant because of the state’s weak Internet connections. The grant will be used to provide services to rural areas in North Idaho.

“We are a local Internet service provider, all of our employees, tech team and management live here in the area,” Hartzell said. “It is important to provide service to our community because they are our neighbors.”

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