Broadband Survey is Closed: full report now available

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, asked local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region.

This survey verified availability of services in our counties, identified actual speeds available, and collected information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gave all counties the chance to participate. Data from the county-specific demand surveys (such as Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain) will still be considered in our overall broadband planning.

Initial data collected will provide valuable information to the Southwestern Commission and MountainWest Partnership, as well as state and local partners working towards broadband and Economic Development planning for the region. Anonymized data may be shared with broadband providers or planning partners with the goal of improving Internet services throughout the region.

The Southwestern Commission is one of the 16 regional councils of government for North Carolina and represents Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. MountainWest Partnership is the Economic Development Partnership for the seven counties in the southwestern region and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

For questions on the project, please contact Sarah Thompson at sarah@regiona.org.

Region A Broadband Assessment Report