According to the Pope County Tribune…
Not everyone in Pope County has access to high-speed Internet, and county officials are working to improve that access and to provide faster speeds in all areas of the county.
The first step in that effort is to determine what areas of the county are lacking access and speed and what residents would like to see improved. A Pope County Initiative group, headed by Information Technology Director Donna Martin, is currently working to improve Internet access for everyone in the area. And, to measure the current level of interest in higher speed Internet access, the team is conducting a survey, which is being mailed to every household in the county. The survey is designed to get opinions on current and needed Internet access and seeks responses.
Residents have two ways to complete the survey. They can fill out and return the mailed survey, which should be arriving at residences this week. Or, residents can complete the survey online by going to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3155201/New-Survey. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete, but Martin said she would like to get a high percentage of county residents to complete the survey. “That’s why we are mailing it to every residence and business in Pope County,” she said. Those who are mailing back the survey are asked to use the enclosed “dots” to seal two sides of the brochure and attach the postage also provided. There is no cost to the resident to mail the survey back.
The results of the survey will help the county in its efforts to secure a grant that will help pay for a feasibility study, and, it is hoped, will ultimately result in state or federal funding to increase access and Internet speeds for the entire county.