Survey to improve internet access in Steuben, Yates counties

BATH, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A new survey is looking to help improve internet access in Steuben County.

The county says inaccurate data collected by the state prevents service providers from receiving grant funds from Albany to help offer better broadband services to residents. 

With the survey, the county hopes to expand coverage to those who don't have it, improve coverage for those with poor service, and increase service provider options for residents. 

Hard copies can be found at schools and municipalities, but if you do have internet, it's recommended to use the online link which includes a speed test to record the quality of your connection. 

"People more and more are using the internet to go to school online, to shop online, to stream movies... everything from improving their lives to going to school and running private businesses and those types of things," Deputy County Manager Mitch Alger said. "It's becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity."

The county's goal is to paint a picture for Albany's Broadband Program Office to show what the broadband needs are in Steuben.

The survey link, steubencony.org/broadband, will be activated for a total of six months and expires on April 14 of next year. 

This is a joint effort between Steuben and Yates counties.


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