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Get wired: Input sought on broadband / January 24, 2018
With multiple providers looking to expand broadband internet in out-of-the-way areas of Mecklenburg County, local officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying the most pressing needs.

To participate, residents can pick up printed copies of a community user survey or go online and express their thoughts at

With Microsoft, Mid-Atlantic Broadband, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Buggs Island Telephone and other entities looking to build broadband systems in the rural parts of the county and region, Mecklenburg officials are conducting an internet access assessment through Wired.Virginia.Gov, an initiative begun by then-Governor Tim Kaine in 2006.

To start the process, local residents are being asked to participate in a short survey from between now and Feb. 23. Hard copies of the survey are available at any town office, local Chambers of Commerce or libraries for those who cannot fill out the online survey. If you pick up a printed copy, please return it to one of the offices named above.

Results of the survey will help guide local officials in determining what needs exist for broadband internet in the countryside and which among the available options is best suited to meet market demand, at an affordable cost.

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