CenturyLink announced it will access federal funding to roll out high-speed Internet in rural areas.

Officials with the South Central Ozark Council of Governments will conduct telephone survey research to community institutions — such as schools, city halls, libraries, churches, law enforcement agencies and fire departments — on behalf of the MoBroadbandNow Initiative.

The survey work will encompass the seven counties of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas, and Wright in southern Missouri.  Introductory letters and surveys were mailed out last month and follow up telephone survey phone calls are being conducted to assist with the information gathering.

The survey will consist of going on line to www.speedtest.mobroadbandnow.org  and taking a short Internet speed test survey with results being used in conjunction with the MoBroadbandNow Initiative that strives to identify and address the needs for reliable high speed Internet across the state with the goal ultimately being to serve 95 percent of Missourians with high speed Internet.

For further information, or if you have received a survey and have questions, contact Angie Ball by phone at 471-256-4226 or by email at aball@scocog.org.

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