City to launch broadband surveys

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Siloam Springs will partner with Communications Consulting Group (CCG) to launch online and telephone surveys on providing affordable high-speed Internet access to area residents and business owners.

The city is seeking information on the need, feasibility and rationale for providing affordable high-speed internet access, according to a press release issued by communications manager Holland Hayden.

City managers have identified broadband as an important priority and are seeking to exercise due diligence in researching ways to improve broadband connectivity in Siloam Springs, the statement said.

Telephone surveys will begin on Tuesday, the statement said. Residents and business owners are also encouraged to complete an online survey which will include a speed test where they can test their current internet speed and an internet status/usage survey, says the press release.

A modern digital infrastructure is an essential part of a competitive city that is well positioned to meet the current and future needs of its residents, businesses and anchor institutions, the statement said.

The service territory of this potential network will include all homes and businesses within the city limits and has the ability to extend the network to Siloam Springs electric customers outside of the city limits but within the electric territory limits, says the press release.

This network will be capable of providing Internet service and VoIP telephone service, the statement said. Links to the survey will be available on the city’s website, www.siloamsprings.com.

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