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Rural broadband Internet survey offers prizes

Published Aug. 13, 2009 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Buckeye Farm News

Ohio Farm Bureau Federaion (OFBF) members have the opportunity to win one of six free computers or broadband Internet access for a year by providing feedback on their access to broadband connections.

Connect Ohio is a comprehensive initiative to make broadband Internet service available and affordable across all of Ohio, and it’s asking for Farm Bureau members’ help in doing so.

Each household is asked to fill out a survey regarding if, how and where it accesses the Internet, and whether or not the home has a computer. The goal of the survey is to determine who does not have high speed Internet access. The data collected will help Connect Ohio build a stronger case to get broadband extended to areas of need.

OFBF Senior Director of Field Communications John Wargowsky said each county Farm Bureau has received a set of surveys, and some may make them available for members at exhibits and events such as county fairs, annual meetings and farm tours.

To obtain a survey, contact your county Farm Bureau office. Copies of the survey may also be accessed and printed online (by clicking here, or) by searching www.ofbf.org for “broadband survey.” Printed surveys may be returned to the address as indicated on the survey.

The survey period will run through Oct. 17, with the drawing to determine winners taking place Nov. 2. Limit one entry per Ohio address.

Connect Ohio is a public-private partnership between the state of Ohio and Connected Nation, a national nonprofit organization that specializes in increasing technology access and literacy. For more information about Connect Ohio, visit www.connectohio.org, call toll free 866-881-9424 or e-mail info@connectohio.org.



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