IMPORTANT: Clermont County Internet Survey
Clermont County is working with the firms Insight and CobbFendley to complete a comprehensive study of the county’s Internet resources.
Citizens are being asked to complete an online survey so the county can understand Internet access and needs. The more people who complete the survey and test, the better picture the county will have of its strengths and weaknesses for coverage. The survey will also include a speed test to pinpoint exact speeds of Internet service. This data will help the county potentially secure funding for a broadband project.
Note: Be sure to complete the speed test at your home so that your home internet is the data recorded.
GOAL: Clermont County Commissioners want to have strong, high-speed Internet access county-wide. Based on raw census data and comparisons of other regions, thousands would benefit from available and affordable broadband. Many are not served or under-served.
HOW: An online survey and Internet speed test will help the county achieve this goal. It will help the county secure funding for broadband expansion. There are only two questions and a speed test that takes less than a minute.
PARTICIPATE: Complete a brief online survey and Internet speed test so the county can understand Internet access and needs. Be sure to complete the speed test at your home so that your home internet is the data recorded. The survey and speed test take less than a minute to complete.
ENCOURAGE OTHERS: Forward the survey to friends and neighbors who live or do business in Clermont County and rely on the Internet.
The Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) has recently developed new Broadband Availability Maps which will be utilized across the U.S. in the allocation of federal funding for broadband infrastructure deployment under the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. The data in these new maps are submitted by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and include specific details on the coverage and internet options offered at individual homes and businesses.
The FCC is allowing residents the opportunity to review the new Broadband Maps and see what providers have listed as existing coverage in your area. Inaccuracies in this data could lead to a loss of funding eligibility for local communities in Clermont County if an area is deemed “served” when it is not. To review the data submitted for your address and assess the challenge options that may be applicable, please visit: BroadbandMap.FCC.gov
More information on how to submit a challenge can be found here:
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP): The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.
The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
To see if you may qualify, more information can be found here: