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Residents Provide Feedback in Ongoing Broadband Survey and at Upcoming Town Hall Residents Provide Feedback in Ongoing Broadband Survey and at Upcoming Town Hall

Residents Provide Feedback in Ongoing Broadband Survey and at Upcoming Town Hall

In July, the Monongalia County Commissioners, in partnership with Ice Miller Whiteboard, Lit Communities and DLZ, began conducting a survey to gauge interest in broadband network investment to provide top-tier, affordable and reliable internet service to residents, businesses and anchor institutions.
 
The survey is just one part of the information gathering phase of the broadband plan. Survey responses support a community-led effort to bring high-speed fiber internet to Monongalia County residents. The survey aims to quantify the need for high-speed fiber internet and identify the most financially viable opportunities to create more access for residents and businesses.
 
Survey responses will help identify the level of service desired in various areas of the county and will address issues like cost, speed and satisfaction with current service providers in the area.
In addition to taking the survey, Monongalia County residents can attend the Town Hall scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. Attendees will receive an update on the County’s Broadband Assessment and have an opportunity to provide feedback on broadband access and current services. 
 
In addition to taking the survey, Monongalia County residents can attend the Town Hall scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 29. Attendees will receive an update on the County’s Broadband Assessment and have an opportunity to provide feedback on broadband access and current services. The Town Hall will offer both virtual and in person options. Those looking to attend virtually may sign up at  www.tinyurl.com/MonBroadband. An in-person option will be made available at the Monongalia County Extension Service Office, 270 Mylan Park Lane, Suite 250, Morgantown, WV 26501, for those without the ability to stream the meeting.
 
So far, the survey has garnered over 1,700 responses with over 1,400 responses in its first four weeks. Based on the survey, 86 percent of respondents indicated they would consider signing up for a municipal network. Additionally, 30 percent of respondents’ connectivity does not meet the minimum FCC Broadband definition and would be interested in an alternative, while 16 percent of respondents have no internet connectivity in their homes at all.
 
“Any service other than satellite service would be better than the current service in our area,” said one survey respondent. “Our area has little, to no, cell service and the only option for internet is through satellite. The service is very expensive, slow and unreliable. I think that more would live in rural areas of Monongalia County if there was sufficient broadband for the residents. 
 
The County is also currently reviewing the list of respondents who indicated they are willing to be “champions” of the broadband plan and help promote a municipal network through their personal and professional networks. Champions will encourage their connections to take the survey so the County can use additional responses and information to analyze the needs and methods for increasing internet accessibility in Monongalia County.
 
Residents who are at least 16 years of age are eligible to participate in the survey until February 2022. Interested residents can access the survey here, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
 
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Monongalia County Secretary and Grant Coordinator Collene Coon at info@moncommission.com.  
 
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About Ice Miller Whiteboard
Ice Miller Whiteboard is a consulting group with roots in one of the legal industry’s most forward-thinking providers, Ice Miller LLP. Ice Miller Whiteboard is designed to deliver complete, tailored solutions from within one high-level, strategic organization. The group brings a distinct perspective to the many industries it serves. Ice Miller Whiteboard professionals understand the legal intricacies of economic growth and development. Learn more about Ice Miller Whiteboard.
 
About Lit Communities
Lit Communities is both a forward-thinking builder and operator of next-generation network infrastructure and a consultancy that guides communities across the country through the complicated process of deploying their own open application fiber optic utilities. Lit Communities believes that by separating the network infrastructure from the services provided on it, a more resilient and consumer-friendly environment is created. This approach makes otherwise prohibitively expensive networks feasible to build in communities of all sizes. Learn more about Lit Communities.
 
About DLZ
With over 700 people in 28 offices, DLZ is one of the top consulting firms in the architectural, engineering and surveying industry. The firm was ranked by Engineering News Record as Midwest Design Firm of the Year in 2016 and currently ranked as one of the Top 150 in the U.S. and the 11th largest in the Midwestern United States. DLZ professionals work together as a team to safely deliver a wide range of project sizes and types across the country. Learn more about DLZ.

This press release is intended for general information purposes only and does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice.
 
 
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