MAYVILLE – Officials in Chautauqua County are asking residents to take a Broadband Assessment Survey in order to better invest in high-speed internet infrastructure.
The survey is hosted by the state’s Department of Public Service in order to better map broadband infrastructure across New York.
Chautauqua County recently approved funding from its American Rescue Plan Act to build out broadband infrastructure across the county; specifically in areas that are unserved or underserved.
The survey will aid local leaders in determining areas that require and deserve an investment.
“We hope to have a really large response rate so that we can demonstrate to New York State that we are in need of additional broadband infrastructure to serve our population more equitably, and this will supplement our ARPA allocation,” said PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Executive in a statement. “What became abundantly clear during the COVID-19 pandemic is that there are plenty of gaps in our broadband coverage across the county, and this infrastructure is key to not only our businesses and schools, but the population at large.”
The survey takes about 5 to 7 minutes to complete and will assist the agency in accurately reporting where broadband infrastructure exists and where it does not.
It is posted online at empirestatebroadband.com, a toll-free broadband assessment line is also available at 1-855-NYBBMAP (1-855-692-2627) to receive a paper copy in the mail.
The survey must be completed by March 18.