Franklin County has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to conduct a county-wide broadband needs assessment survey. The survey will collect information from citizens and businesses regarding Internet usage, current service, access, and needs. Information gathered from the survey will be used to create the county’s strategic broadband plan. Franklin County wants to ensure that citizens and businesses have the level of service they need today and are well prepared for the future.
The survey is the initial step in CIT’s Broadband Path, a six-step process that leverages CIT’s experience and Virginia’s Broadband Toolkit to develop a tailor-made strategic plan and seek out private sector partners that will help meet the County’s specific goals.
“It is important to understand how the citizens are leveraging the Internet and where there is a need for expanded or improved service so the County can take steps to meet those needs and ensure its citizens have the best possible quality of life,” said Sandie Terry, CIT’s Vice President of Broadband.
The survey, which is open for responses until February 28 th , is available online at FCBroadbandNeeds.org. For those with no access, or unreliable internet, paper surveys will be mailed throughout the county as well as distributed at various County buildings. If you would like to request a paper survey, call (540) 483-3030. Please complete only one survey per household.
“We seek to improve broadband access and reliability at the best value for Franklin County taxpayers” said Brent Robertson, County Administrator. “Your survey response marks our first step down the Broadband Path.”