Shaftsbury conducts survey on internet access

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SHAFTSBURY — The Town of Shaftsbury is conducting a survey to find out who is still under-served for internet access at home. The survey is available at the Shaftsbury town website, shaftsburyvt.gov.

If you know people who are lacking access and unable to get to the survey, town officials ask that you fill it out for them. If you cannot get to the Internet to take the survey, call 774-238-7287 (7SHAFTSBU7) and leave contact information. Someone will get back to you to conduct the survey by phone.

"Lack of internet access is holding back our economy," according to the town website. "In order to seek solutions we need to define the problem. Grants are available from USDA to pay services providers to extended connectivity in sparsely populated rural areas. If we are going to seek these grants we must know where we need coverage extended."

Town officials note that the more responses are received, the less effort will be required for regular mail and door-to-door surveying.

The survey is a joint effort of the Shaftsbury Selectboard and the Shaftsbury Planning Commission.

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