ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County wants to grow people's connections, specifically by expanding broadband but in order to do that, staff needs your help to know where service is spotty or not available at all.

The Albemarle County Broadband Authority wants you to fill out a survey to determine your internet speeds. They can't do it without you.

“The service providers are prohibited from providing client information. so they are willing to help us apply for the grant but they can't promote their service to clients that are already being served as well as they can't provide us with the details about the speeds that they are providing to existing customers,” said Mike Culp, IT director.

The county is applying for money from the state and the federal government. They need your details as part of their application.

“To make those applications we need to know where we have the areas with the greatest need. Where there is no service or little service or no service on broadband and the reports that we're getting in terms of speed tests from folks let us know exactly where the problem areas are,” said Bucky Walsh, Albemarle County Broadband Authority chairman. “The internet today has become a lot like electricity was in the '30s and '40s. It's hard to imagine living doing all of the things we do every day without access to high-speed internet. A lot of folks work from home. A lot of kids do homework on the internet. There are a lot of lifestyle things folks need to do with internet connectivity.

The survey uses new geolocation technology that will help the broadband authority determines the internet connectivity problem areas.