Some Indiana residents asked to participate in internet access survey

The Michiana Area Council of Governments is asking residents of Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties to fill out a survey to help understand the area's needs for broadband services.

Once the survey is complete, they can work to access funds from state and federal agencies to improve access for underserved areas.

To participate, visit from your home through July 16. While you fill out the survey, your internet upload and download speeds will be detected.

Participants are also asked to opt in to a mapping portion of the survey to help create a region-wide map of broadband service.

"Access to high-speed broadband is essential for success in today's economy," said Mayor James Mueller. "As we look to expand access and opportunity, we need help from our residents to direct resources where they are needed most."

The entire survey takes about five minutes to complete.

"We know that there are areas in our region that lack access to internet options. If you’re not connected, if you’re on the wrong side of the broadband divide, you’re going to have a difficult time doing business, educating children and growing the economy," said Jeremy Stutsman, Mayor of Goshen and MACOG Policy Board Chair. "This survey and speed test will help us identify areas of the region that are currently underserved.”

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