Kandiyohi County surveys residents on broadband use and interest

Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission are working on a survey for residents asking about their broadband use, cost and interest. They were kind enough to share their survey. It’s brief, which I think will make it easier for folks to complete. Basically the ask the following:

  • Do you currently subscribe to an Internet service?
  • If yes, who is your provider? And at what speeds
  • If no, why not?
  • For what do you use the Internet?
  • What are you willing to pay monthly for high-speed Internet?

(You can see the full survey and format.)

The West Central Tribune details the reasons for the survey…

The first round of the survey will be small in scale and will test the waters for broader data collection as the year progresses.

Organizers see it as a step in larger efforts aimed at keeping Kandiyohi County from falling too far behind in broadband services.

There’s a need to stay diligent, said Jean Spaulding, assistant director of the Economic Development Commission.

“If we don’t, with the way the workforce is changing, we really will be left behind,” she said.

The challenge at the local level is to keep up with needs and technology that are constantly evolving.

As recently as five years ago, the main issue was whether people had adequate access to high-speed Internet services, Spaulding said. “Now it’s not ‘Are you connected?’ because everybody is more and more connected. Now it’s ‘Are you connected fast enough?’”

This entry was posted in Community Networks, Digital Divide, MN by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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