You can help shape the future of rural broadband

Illinois residents have the opportunity to participate in a survey that will help shape the state’s future broadband plan. The statewide survey is being conducted by Broadband Illinois, and will reach out to households, colleges, hospitals and community organizations throughout Illinois.

“By participating in this survey, rural residents can make their voices heard about the need for broadband services in their area,” said Ed VanHoose, IT Manager for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.

A major goal of this survey is to ensure that residents of rural Illinois will have access to better broadband, said Drew Clark, executive director of Broadband Illinois. “By developing a statewide strategy for better broadband, we’re creating a future that includes enhanced economic opportunities, increased availability of educational tools, and higher-quality health care for Illinois residents.”

Broadband Illinois is working with the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs (IIRA) and Strategic Networks Group (SNG) to conduct the survey and develop the plan. The ultimate goal of the plan is to find opportunities for the best available broadband technology and high-speed Internet throughout Illinois.

To take the survey, visit, click the “Research” tab, and then click the “Broadband Availability Survey” link. Anyone with questions can contact