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Apr 19 2018

Giles County To Conduct Countywide Broadband Survey

Giles County To Conduct Countywide Broadband Survey

 

(Giles, VA) – In a groundbreaking initiative, a unique partnership has emerged to seek much needed broadband improvements. Giles County has partnered with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to conduct a county-wide broadband survey. The survey will collect information from citizens and businesses regarding Internet usage, current service and needs. Information gathered from the survey will help to prioritize the county’s broadband goals and identify solutions.

 

The survey is the initial step in CIT’s Broadband Path, a nationally-recognized process that CIT developed to produce goal-driven and cost effective broadband solutions at the local level.  The Path has assisted other Virginia localities in establishing public-private partnerships that meet their specific broadband needs, Giles hopes to achieve similar results.

 

Giles County’s Western District Supervisor, John Lawson, stated, “Access to broadband is quickly becoming as important in everyday life as other utilities such as water and electricity.  This project will attempt to quantify the existing infrastructure as well as the need in the community.”

 

“Broadband is essential to growth and economic competiveness,” said Chuck Kirby, CIT’s Director of Broadband Programs. “It is the glue that holds everything together in the 21st century.”

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The survey, which is set to run from May 1st to Jun 15th, will be available at https://www.wired.virginia.gov/broadband/broadband-survey/.

 

Paper copies of the survey will be offered at a number of locations, included in solid waste bills, and available for pickup at 315 North Main Street, Pearisburg, Virginia.   Respondents are asked to complete one survey per household and/or business.

 

Paper surveys may be returned in person or mailed to the Giles County Administrative Office located at 315 N. Main St. in Pearisburg, VA 24134. Paper surveys may also be mailed in the same envelope with your regular solid waste bill payment or returned in person to the Giles County Treasurer’s Office located at 130 N. Main St. in Pearisburg, VA 24134.

 

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About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org  Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia’s primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT’s CAGE Code is 1UP71. To learn more, please visit www.cit.org.  Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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