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Survey a crucial next step in broadband project

A countywide survey of residents’ internet access and needs is the next step in the process of getting improved broadband coverage throughout Mathews County, according to Chuck Kirby, vice president of broadband programs for the nonprofit Center for Innovative Technology.

Kirby addressed a group of county leaders and others last Thursday afternoon at a meeting of the county’s newly established Broadband Advisory Committee in the historic courthouse.

County supervisors established the broadband advisory committee at their June meeting and Kirby applauded supervisors for taking that action. Now, he said, county residents will be asked to do their part in filling out the upcoming survey.

“The more we hear from you the better off you’ll be,” he said.

The digital needs assessment is one step in the path toward improved broadband service in Mathews, he said. In a timeline Kirby shared with the audience, he devoted three to five months to the entire survey process, with the survey itself ...

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