Three Rivers putting together tech study

by Sarah Fay Campbell

People who have easy access to high-speed Internet service probably don't realize that for many residents of rural areas, including parts of Coweta County, "broadband" Internet isn't always available.

The Three Rivers Regional Commission is partnering with the Georgia Technology Authority to identify broadband needs and gaps within the multi-county planning region that includes Coweta.

One part of that study is a survey, and members of the public are asked to fill it out. You can also test your broadband speed.

"The goal of this initiative is to assess pertinent data as it relates to our growing digital economy," said Robert Hiett of Three Rivers.

"The Three Rivers Regional Commission has launched a regional broadband survey in an effort to examine broadband technology across the state, particularly in rural areas," Hiett said. "This survey will take a few minutes to complete and will measure current and future broadband usage and needs. Your responses will provide valuable insights into opportunities for increasing broadband availability and encourage the development of additional broadband-based technology programs."

There are separate surveys for business and residential service. To take the surveys, go to www.threeriversrc.com and click on the "survey" link.

Those who do not have Internet access can request a copy of the survey be mailed to them, by calling 678-692-0510. Only one survey should be filled out per household.

The broadband study is part of Three Rivers' "digital economy planning." DEP is a planning effort to promote greater digital awareness.

The Three Rivers Regional Commission is the state planning agency for the 10-county "Three Rivers" region, which includes Coweta, Carroll, Heard, Meriwether, Troup, Pike, Spalding, Butts, Lamar and Upson counties.



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