Linn County Residents Could Benefit from High-Speed ​​Internet Access | Local

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According to Steve Braaten, chief information officer for the county and a member of a regional compact studying the issue, residents of Linn County could get high-speed internet connections if enough Oregonians respond to an online survey. on their current internet service.

Braaten said Oregon’s share of federal Build Back Better funds will be used to bring high-speed fiber to rural residents. He said the COVID-19 pandemic which has seen adults work from home and students take online classes has highlighted the disparity between internet services available in cities and rural communities.

“We have the potential to be able to improve the Internet backbone, the infrastructure that will dramatically accelerate city-to-city data transmission,” Braaten said in a statement.

Braaten said the local regional team includes representatives from Linn, Lane, Benton and Lincoln counties.

He said while answering the online survey on http://FasterInternetOregon.orgattendees will be asked to test their current internet speeds.

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The data collected through this project will be used by decision makers to

  • Identify homes in Oregon that do not have high-speed Internet access.
  • Specify which households do not have an Internet connection and why.
  • Provide cost estimates and assess the competitive viability of a variety of solutions for areas with identified gaps.

Survey participants will not be asked to provide their name or contact information.

The information will not be used for commercial or marketing purposes. Only campaign partners and decision-makers who sign a data use agreement will have access to household-level data.

It doesn’t matter how you receive your Internet service – mobile hotspot, cable or satellite connection at home.

And, even if you don’t have internet service, your information is valuable, because one of the project’s goals is to find out how many communities don’t have adequate internet service.

The project is a partnership between the Economic Development Districts of Oregon, Onward Eugene, SpeedUpAmerica and Link Oregon.

This data will be aggregated and added to a dynamic map that community decision makers can use to identify projects and apply for funding.

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