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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Survey About Internet Connectivity

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The Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) Connected initiative is asking community members to take a brief survey online or by phone to provide information about their current internet access and experience.

Eligible participants can win a $50 Visa gift card for completing the survey. SWPA Connected is a regional consortium that includes the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Allies for Children, and a diverse group of regional partners to develop an equitable Connectivity Improvement Plan to provide affordable, reliable broadband internet access across the region.

This initiative is not affiliated with any internet provider and is not intended to sell any internet services. Rather, it seeks to guide the region’s future internet investments that can be made now that the historic infrastructure bill has passed, which includes $65 billion for broadband.

Individuals are urged to take the survey online or by phone at 412-407-4555 by December 5, 2021. Survey questions will include information about internet connection types, how the internet is used and satisfaction of services. All information collected will be anonymous.

This survey builds upon virtual workshops and regional community conversations, in addition to research and data analysis of current broadband internet access and gaps. Data dashboards have been developed visualizing the access, adoption, and affordability across the 10-county region.

The improvement plan will outline and prioritize internet connectivity projects that bring high-speed broadband service to the communities that need it most providing access to jobs, support services, education, health care, and new business.

The input gathered from the internet usage survey is critical for the SWPA Connected team to develop programs that meet the needs of the region now and in the future.

The survey is targeted to only gather information from residents, community members, and businesses residing in the SPC 10-county region of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.

To learn more about the SWPA Connected initiative, visit www.spcregion.org/connected/.

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