Survey to assess Internet access in Woodford and Peoria counties

BARTONVILLE, Ill. (WMBD) – Peoria and Woodford counties are surveying the community and assessing broadband needs.

The announcement was made last Wednesday, with the goal of building “digital inclusion,” according to the Village of Bartonville’s website.

Through a program organized by the Illinois Office of Broadband, both counties were selected to participate in the Accelerate Illinois Broadband Infrastructure Planning program. The goal of the 14-week program is to create a strategic plan to move forward in improving broadband access in various sectors.

This can then help formulate broadband infrastructure plans. The survey will help prioritize areas of improvement for future broadband development.

The survey asks citizens about their current internet speeds, providers, concerns and needs.

“In 2022, internet access is not just a convenience to have. It is an essential part of everyday life. Internet access is a huge quality of life issue, to ensure access to services broadband in Woodford and Peoria County, it is critical for us to attract and retain residents,” said Kathie Brown, Director of Rural Outreach and Development for Greater Peoria at EDC.

The Peoria County survey can be found here.

The Woodford County survey can be viewed here.

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