The Patrick County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a motion to partner with CIT. The company will work with the county, a broadband committee that also was re-authorized on Monday, the Patrick County Economic Development Authority and other groups to conduct the survey.

There is no cost to the county for the service, according to Chuck Kirby, vice president of broadband programs for CIT, a state funded agency.

Once the survey is completed, CIT will make recommendations to the locality, he said.

The county then must determine “how much skin (funding) to put in the game,” make policy changes and identify the goals deemed most important, Kirby said.

The starting point is the survey, Kirby said, adding it is an important part of the assessment process.

CIT recommends the survey should remain open for 45 days, Kirby said. Residents will be notified about the survey through a number of ways, including paper copies of the survey that may be distributed by the school division, Kirby said.

Data collected during the survey will help pinpoint the Internet use and needs of residents and businesses, provide insight into the locality’s current broadband…

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