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Meramec Deadline Nearing for Broadband Business Surveys

Businesses urged to respond by June 15

Businesses in the Meramec Region are encouraged to give input through a Broadband Business Survey, as part of Gov. Jay Nixon’s MoBroadbandNow initiative, which seeks to expand high-speed Internet access throughout Missouri. The survey will assist Regional Technology Planning Teams (RTPTs) by assessing businesses’ current broadband status, needs, and challenges.

In April, the survey became available online, and the state’s 19 RTPTs began reaching out to area businesses and various constituent groups within their local communities. These groups were asked to fill out the business survey as accurately as possible and return it electronically or by mail. Businesses are asked to complete the survey and return it with postmark date no later than June 15, 2011.

“High-speed Internet can have a tremendous impact on the local economy and job creation by allowing businesses to deliver faster services and compete in a global economy,” said MoBroadbandNow Director Damon Porter. “Receiving feedback from local businesses is critical and an important part of the planning process,” he added.

The information will be used to gain a better understanding of broadband availability and what economic opportunities Internet offers a particular business.

“We hope that businesses will take a few minutes to take the survey to tell us how they use broadband services and what impact it has on your business,” said Bonnie Prigge, assistant director of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).  

Surveying local communities is a grassroots approach to broadband and the tremendous impact it can have on people’s lives. The RTPTs should be commended for their role in getting local communities engaged and excited about broadband, Porter said.

The Broadband Business Survey can be completed online at /mo-broadband-initiatives/broadband-survey/.

 

While visiting the MoBroadBandNow website, residents and businesses are encouraged to also test their Internet connection speed.

 

For more information, or to obtain a paper-formatted copy of the Broadband Business Survey, contact Connie Willman at MRPC at 573-265-2993.