The Jasper County Broadband Committee and Connected Nation Texas has announced that they are involved in an effort to make high-speed internet available to all residents of Jasper County, and they’re asking local citizens to fill out an online survey to assist them.

Jasper Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Eddie Hopkins said “We need everyone across Jasper County to take part in community surveys so we can identify areas of need and potential opportunities for expanding high-speed internet access.”

Using the recent Coronavirus related shut-down of schools and other businesses and entities, Hopkins explained why access to high-speed internet is important for those in rural areas. Hopkin said “…we have all experienced how critical it truly is to have reliable and affordable access to high-speed internet. No one wants a child, a senior citizen, a veteran, or a small-business owner who lives in Jasper County to be left behind simply because they do not have access to this important and vital technology.”

Currently, the city of Jasper and immediate surrounding area can receive internet from the local cable company, while the rest of the county is served by a handful of other companies and services for online access.

The online survey is located at https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/jasper-county/ 

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