County broadband survey deadline extended

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ROCHESTER, NY — Monroe County is extending the deadline for residents to fill out the county’s broadband survey to August 2. The survey will access internet services in low-income and rural areas of Monroe County.

The goal is to layout communities with limited options and high costs of high-speed internet, and compile a plan to bridge the digital gap.

“High-speed broadband internet is a necessity to everyday life. My administration is focused on four pillars: Public Health, Public Safety, Workforce Development and Infrastructure. The more access we can give residents to high-speed internet, the stronger all of our pillars will become,” said County Executive Bello. “We are extending our broadband survey deadline to ensure all of our city, rural and suburban communities can let their voices be heard.”

The task force recommends that residents fill out the survey online with a laptop or computer directly plugged into their home or business network router. An internet “speed test” will be performed while filling out the survey. This information is crucial to determining communities with the greatest need.

If a smartphone is used to connect to the internet, the county asks that you connect to WIFI and not cellular data. The county also that you take the survey at peak internet use hours between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The survey is available in English and Spanish here.