Survey to help identify who in Augusta County needs high-speed internet
AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – After years of working on internet access, the Augusta County Oversight Board has a chance to bridge the digital divide.
The council is part of a regional effort that could provide universal broadband to thousands of people currently without. But first, they need to find the people who are still stuck with slow internet connections.
A survey came out this week and residents of Augusta County have until Thursday to complete it.
Augusta County is one of seven counties in the Shenandoah Valley in partnership with internet service provider All Points, Dominion Energy, and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. Together, they want to create a new network that would bring fiber to the homes of nearly 7,000 families in Augusta County.
This is only for areas without high speed internet. The investigation is part of the effort to find people in need.
“We understand through a social media post with a link in a short window of time to do this that not everyone in Augusta County will be able to log in and say whether or not they have a service,” said Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Whetzel.
Whetzel says they understand there are entire areas without service, so even a few answers from those areas will let them know.
All Points is believed to be responsible for more than half of the $ 63 million project. Augusta County has pledged $ 8.4 million. The project is dependent on obtaining a grant of $ 21 million from the state.
The All Points Broadband Survey is available until Thursday.
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