Livingston County would like to hear from residents and businesses through a short online survey to better understand their broadband needs. The survey results will help to inform future discussions as the county considers advancing the expansion of broadband access into the community.
“Broadband continues to be a hot button topic at nearly every community forum we hold,” said Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle. “It is clear from talking to residents and local businesses that high-speed, reliable Internet access is of vital importance to their daily lives.”
Coyle added, “Parts of our county are quite rural, and there are many folks with no or poor access to the Internet. High-speed, reliable Internet could help to put us at an advantage when it comes to quality of life issues - such as education, employment, public safety, and community health. It also has the potential to support our economic development efforts as we strive for increased business retention, expansion, and attraction throughout the county.”
The online broadband survey - including an Internet speed test - has been designed to collect information on current broadband services and future needs by location.
David LeFeber, Chairman of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, said “We are asking all households and businesses to take this online survey so that we can work toward high-speed, reliable Internet access for all.” LeFeber continues, “It is important for us, as a community, to work together to close the digital divide that currently exists in our county so that we are not left behind.” The term ‘digital divide’ often refers to the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not.
Please click here to access the survey. If you do not have internet at your home or business, paper copies of the survey are available at town and village offices as well as the Livingston County Planning Department. You may also call the Planning Department at 585-243-7550 if you would like a copy of the survey. The survey will be open through January 31, 2020.