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Saturday, November 18, 2017



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County Launches BAAT Campaign to Increase Internet Access

 

ELMIRA - This is a reminder that starting tomorrow, Sept. 7, Chemung County will launch the Broadband Aggregation & Adoption (BAAT) Campaign. The goal is to enhance the quality of the lives of citizens and businesses through greater internet access.

The campaign consists of a five-minute online survey and speed test. BAAT will target both residential and commercial addresses. The survey is at https://chemung.baat-campaign.com/, and hard copies are available at Town Halls, Libraries and the County Human Resource Center (425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira). Even people without Internet access at home can take the survey. They can log on at their local library, enter in their home address, and skip the bandwidth test completely.

 

The broadband survey utilizes an online portal called CrowdFiber, which verifies the availability of current broadband services by address, identifies actual speeds available through its speed test, and then collects information on demand for services from residents and businesses. Officials are hoping to receive input from every municipality.

 

“We’re hoping that if we can get the word out to the public about this campaign more people will access our online survey to report on the current services available to them, test their Internet speeds, and report on their interest in having other service options,” said Chemung County Deputy Executive and Southern Tier Economic Growth President Michael Krusen. “If we can show enough of a need and desire for bringing additional providers into the area, it will open up the possibility for us to contact carriers and increase their interest in expanding their services to underserved areas, potentially bringing badly needed competition to our region.”

 

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