County looking for participants in broadband survey

Published 12:10 am Thursday, August 11, 2016

There’s roughly one month left for Rowan residents to participate in the county’s broadband access survey.

The survey was posed on Rowan County’s website roughly one month ago and has one month to go before it’s taken down. It’s purpose is to gather information about areas of Rowan County that are underserved by internet providers. It can be found on the front page of Rowan County’s website: Those interested can access the survey by clicking a link that states “Broadband Service Survey.”

In the survey, Rowan County asks respondents for their address, options for internet that are available at the address, whether service is adequate, what internet is used for and the highest price respondents would be willing to pay for internet access.

Optional questions included in the survey include the total annual income at the particular address and how many people live at the location.

Randy Cress, the county’s information systems director, said 161 people have responded to the survey so far. On Sept. 1, the survey is scheduled to be taken down.

Grant writer Kellie Cartwright said Rowan County is conducting its survey to gather data to use when it applies for grants in the future.

Cartwright said she was recently investigating grant opportunities when she found one that included a deadline Rowan County wouldn’t be able to meet. It included a requirement that data be collected locally.

By collecting survey data about broadband, Rowan County would be more prepared to apply for related grants, she said.

If Rowan County residents are unable to access the survey via the county’s website, paper copies are available at every library location:

  • Main Library, 201 W. Fisher St., Salisbury
  • South Rowan Library, 920 Kimball Road, China Grove
  • East Rowan Library, 110 Broad St., Rockwell