Let the state know about your broadband service, or the lack thereof

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MONTICELLO – As Sullivan County continues to prepare a wireless broadband system, the state has invited every resident and business to participate in a broadband assessment survey.


“The Broadband Mapping Consumer Survey is designed to assist with the State’s first-ever in-depth mapping study of broadband across New York – where it is available, where it isn’t, how reliable service is, and how much it costs,” said District 3 Legislator Michael Brooks, who chairs the county’s Broadband Local Development Corporation. “While this survey is separate from our efforts to bring wireless broadband service to much of Sullivan County, it certainly will gather useful data that I expect the state will share with us, so that we can get as close as possible to making broadband Internet access available to 100 percent of our population.”


The State Public Service Commission is leading the statewide study and will publicly issue its report, interactive map and recommendations by May 2022. The data will include the overall number of residences with access to high-speed internet and identify which areas are served, unserved and underserved.


In order to get the required level of detail, the state is asking everyone to participate in the Broadband Mapping Consumer Survey, which can be found at www.empirestatebroadband.com.


“I encourage everyone to participate in the survey,” urged Brooks. “The more data we have, the better.”