Jackson County is seeking the assistance of county residents to identify areas that lack Internet access. NC Broadband, a division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, currently collects data on where broadband is available in the state. In partnership with this effort, Jackson County is distributing a short questionnaire asking residents to provide basic information about the availability of broadband Internet service in their area. Jackson County and the NC Department of Commerce staff can then use this information to better identify the areas of Jackson County that lack in broadband service. Jackson County and NC Department of Commerce staff will encourage broadband providers to work with this planning effort to examine possible service solutions, including the ability to leverage community assets to lower the cost and boost expansion. Areas with higher concentrations of households that show an interest in service will be more likely to attract potential providers. The survey can be accessed by clicking HERE. Paper copies are available at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers, at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center in Cashiers, and at volunteer fire department stations throughout the county.
For more information regarding the survey, please contact the Jackson County Manager’s office at 828.631.2295 or JacksonCoMgr@jacksonnc.org.