Lee County Seeks Residents’ Input On Broadband Availability

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The Lee County Commission is asking residents to complete a short survey about their experience with the coverage and quality of broadband services in the county. Businesses and residents who complete the survey will provide valuable information about broadband access and needs in all areas of Lee County. The survey can be accessed at https://arcg.is/1y9D1H2 or on the Lee County Commission’s website.

The survey information will help the county evaluate the availability of broadband service and determine ways to improve access, including cross-checking FCC and broadband service provider data to determine where gaps in broadband service exist and how the county can improve its broadband infrastructure. The survey is hosted by GIS consultants Sain Associates and is provided as a service through Lee County’s participation in the Investing in Alabama Counties program.

“Firsthand information from our residents is vital to creating an accurate picture of broadband needs in all areas of Lee County,” said Lee County Commissioner Doug Cannon. “Your participation in this survey will help the Lee County Commission to identify areas in need of broadband infrastructure and expansion. Broadband today is as important as electricity was 60 years ago.”

The Lee County Commission is a member of the Investing in Alabama Counties (IAC) program established by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. IAC provides customized assistance, expertise, guidance and implementation resources to ensure the county’s federally restricted funds allocated under the American Rescue Plan Act are utilized within the requirements provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Enacted in March of 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act provides fiscal recovery funds to address the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local governments, the economy and public health. Each county has until Dec. 31, 2024, to obligate its ARPA funding for eligible projects.

For more information about Lee County’s broadband efforts, please contact County Administrator Holly Leverette at 334-745-9767 or hleverette@leeco.us.

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