Do you use the Internet for entertainment, education, or business? Do you rely on email and social media to help you communicate? Is your current Internet connection slow, and is the price too high?
These are some of the questions on a new survey for Allegan County residents. The survey is co-sponsored by the Allegan County Broadband Committee and the nonprofit group Connect Michigan.
It follows a series of meetings that have been called to explore the possibility of bringing high-speed broadband to more areas of the county.
The introduction to the survey states:
“As part of a new collaborative effort involving township supervisors, public institutions, Internet service providers and local residents, Allegan County is partnering with Connect Michigan to develop and execute a plan to bring better broadband (high-speed Internet) service to our communities.
“We are gathering data about current availability and use of broadband service in the area and would appreciate your input by responding to this survey.”
Participants are also instructed: “Answering this survey does not obligate you to subscribe to any services — it is designed only to gauge interest and quantify the demand.”
A printed copy of the survey is being sent out with tax assessment notices in some area communities. Those who have access to the Internet can fill out the survey online by clicking here.
The next meeting of the Allegan County Broadband Committee will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Salem Township Hall, 3003 142nd Ave. in Burnips. The public is invited.