Our Broadband Survey has now concluded. While we’re still crunching the numbers, here a couple of quick findings:
We received 1,019 non-duplicate survey entries. Based on 5,093 occupied housing units, this represents Madison households with 95% (+/- 2.75%) accuracy. The assumptions made based on this data, therefore, will represent Madison households with 92.25% to 97.75% accuracy. This survey appears to validate previous results showing that approximately 60% of students, seniors, job seekers, families, and home businesses in Madison County lack access to broadband Internet.
In a nutshell, 66.7% of home Internet users said that the existing options do not meet their needs. Of that group, 86.9% said their connection was too slow and another 59.8% said that their connection was unreliable.
Of those who do not currently have Internet at home, 27.4% cited cost as the primary barrier, while 68.6% said that service isn’t available where they live.
Once we’ve completed our analysis, we’ll share the results on our main page at http://broadband.madcova.org.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey!