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Broadband Survey Available for Albemarle Residents

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Albemarle County is reaching out to the public for their opinion in hopes of expanding broadband Internet services.

The county released a survey on its website this week with questions aimed at helping narrow down where the Internet trouble spots are.

County representatives say their goal is to convince lawmakers to bring broadband to the more rural areas.

"We're trying to, A. figure out where it's needed, and B. try to be the catalyst to get these different players together and see how we might work better together to provide broadband to citizens,” said Albemarle County Fellow Philip Freeman.

The survey is available online through the end of June.

Reported by Sean Cudahy

Albemarle County Press Release

In an effort to determine how high-speed broadband Internet access might be extended to underserved parts of the County, a Broadband Task Force was established in October 2013. Among the action items recognized by the Broadband Task Force is the need to identify and analyze demand. To that end, a survey has been created for citizens to weigh-in on their broadband desires. It is critical that all county residents and business owners, particularly those in rural areas, participate in the survey in order to establish important baseline data.

The survey is available on-line at www.wired.virginia.gov/broadband/broadband-survey. For citizens with limited access to the Internet, a physical copy of this survey will be distributed at various locations around the County. More details about where to find the physical copy of the survey and how to get it back in the appropriate hands upon completion will be shared in the coming weeks. Additionally, citizens may check the speed of their current Internet connection by visiting www.albemarle.org/upload/images/webapps/broadband/.

The Task Force will be collecting and analyzing survey responses through June 2014. A findings report with next steps will be published in July 2014.

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