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State seeks resident/business feedback on broadband

The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has announced an important initiative to better understand how Coloradans use the Internet and the barriers that inhibit broadband deployment and adoption.

Over the next few weeks, OIT will be surveying residents and businesses in southwest Colorado to gain their input and perspective on broadband.

This confidential survey will be conducted at Farmers Markets and other highly-trafficked public areas and is also available online at Alternatively, individuals can request a survey be mailed to them by calling (303) 764-7917.

Individual responses to this survey will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any other agency or broadband service provider. This effort will be extended to the rest of the state in late June.

OIT is coordinating its efforts at the local level with the Southwest Colorado Open Access Network (SCAN), based in Durango.

“The Southwest Colorado Open Access Network is excited to be working with the Colorado Broadband Data and Development Program to evaluate broadband adoption in Southwest Colorado. We view the survey as a valuable tool in determining demand for broadband services at the local level,” said Ed Morlan, executive director of the Region 9 Economic Development District of SW Colorado. “We have to diagnose it before we can cure it (broadband deficiencies).”

The surveys are necessary to ensure the state has a complete and accurate picture of Colorado’s broadband landscape.

“We’ve already collected and mapped coverage data from providers of broadband services,” said Monica Coughlin, Director of IT Economic Development for OIT. “Now our efforts are focused on telling the consumer side of the story.”

The survey initiative is one component of a larger effort to map which parts of Colorado have broadband access, to provide assistance to communities around the state on setting and meeting broadband goals, and to demonstrate the criticality of this 21st century technology for economic development, education, health care and countless other areas.

“The survey is quick and easy and provides a great opportunity for Colorado residents and businesses to take an active role in improving broadband in their community,” said Secretary of Technology and State CIO Kristin Russell. “I strongly encourage every Coloradan to participate.”

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