Henry County officials seeking public participation in broadband survey

Southside Virginia News

A display of the cable wireline coverage in Henry County on the Virginia Broadband Availability Map. (Image courtesy of Henry County).

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Officials in Henry County are asking residents to participate in a new online survey designed to pinpoint the most significant lapses in the area’s currently available broadband coverage.

Residents of both Henry County and the City of Martinsville can take part in the online survey which will be available at this link until Sept. 15.

According to maps provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the area is currently considered a low-priority to receive grants from the state and federal level to expand broadband access.

The mapping is absolutely key. If you look at the maps provided by the FCC, it appears like we have pretty good coverage but anyone who actually lives or works here knows that isn’t always the case. We need better data so we can help draw a more complete picture of what broadband really looks like locally.”

Christian Youngblood, Director of Information Services

Overall, the survey created in partnership with ECC Technologies will help determine where broadband users are unserved or underserved. That data will then be used to develop a digital map of all internet providers and resources in the area.

Once the new digital map is created, Youngblood said that it will be easier to understand the community’s broadband needs – including the identification of all available broadband providers in the area and their pricing structure for those services.

The survey is not designed to help or promote any specific vendor. The county says it is only for information gathering purposes.

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