Survey Aims to Find Demand for Fast Internet

The white areas on the map represent areas with no wireline internet access.

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- County leaders are trying to make the Internet faster for people in the area.

To see how in-demand fast Internet is, the Augusta County government has put out a survey to identify where the problems are and how many people are being affected by slow internet.

In the white areas on the Broadband Wireline Coverage map, there is only 3G coverage. If you have a smartphone, this could eat up data and if you do not have a smartphone, then you might not have access to fast Internet.

Most of the Internet complaints have come from small business owners, according to an organizer of the survey. The survey may end up in a grant being awarded to the county to bring wire-line access to areas without it.

"The issues with small businesses is that they are running out of their data coverage plan. So then their bills are outrageous. Schools and students and everyone has to have fast internet at home," said Jackie Zetwick, the director of information technology for Augusta County.

Based on the amount of responses to this survey, Zetwick said later on this may lead to a more detailed survey on the problems and then hopefully a grant to fix the issues.


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