11 counties in central Iowa, in coordination with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, are conducting a comprehensive study of broadband availability, adoption, and consumer attitudes in the region. The Central Iowa Broadband Internet Study was launched last month and is being led by CBAN member HR Green. CBAN members SmartSource Consulting and Kielkopf Advisory Services, along with Baton|Global are performing the work for the consortium.
The 11 counties are: Adair, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, and Warren.
The current phase of the project is designed to gather data about broadband in the region. A key component of the data collection is the Central Iowa Broadband Internet Survey, which asks a series of questions about residential or business internet experiences and captures speed test data for analysis. A series of public forums are also being held to gather input from citizens on the rural broadband experience, remote learning, remote health care, and remote work.
If you are a Broadband Bytes reader living in one of the counties listed above, we strongly encourage you to take the survey and spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family. The survey will be open through May 14th.
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