Madison County residents are being asked to report the availability and speed of home internet service — or lack thereof — in hopes of helping the county improve broadband access.
The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday announced the Broadband Availability and Adoption (BAAT) Campaign, which includes a survey that can be taken online, on mobile devices or on paper.
“With the results from this survey the Madison County Board of Supervisors will have the tools they need to combat the broadband shortage in our community,” board chairman John Becker said. “The data will be used to draw service providers into the area and apply for grants to assist in expanding service.”
The broadband survey is tailored to ask questions, based on response, pertinent to homes and businesses both with and without access, according to the county.
Respondents will need to enter an address and indicate whether it is for a home or business and will proceed to a survey designed to collect information on demand for services unique to their location. Residents who also have an at home business should take the business survey as well as the home survey.
The survey is at www.madisonbroadband.com.
Residents without internet access at home can and are encouraged to take the survey. They can go to their local library, enter in their home address, skip the speed test completely and answer the questions. The survey is also accessible via any mobile device.
Paper copies of the survey will be available at local libraries and town offices. The county is also working with school districts to send surveys home with students for families to fill out and return.