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Survey helps Muskegon County find Internet 'dead zones'

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Economic leaders in Muskegon County hope results from a survey leads to greater Internet access in their county, including economic growth.

County residents have until the end of January to let the county know what options they have for Internet access to their home or business and if those options satisfy their needs. The survey is available on line.

Paper copies are available at the Muskegon County Economic Development Coordinator's office inside the county building on Terrace Street.

There are some area in the county known for poor or no Internet options.

"It is definitely a need," Blue Lake Township Supervisor Melonie Arbogast said.

Blue Lake Township gets Internet from a tall tower behind the hall on Owasippe Road. Families living within a few miles of the township hall can receive service from the same tower by adding an antenna to the roof of their homes.

Arbogast says the signal is impacted by trees and weather.

Muskegon County Economic Development Coordinator Jonathan Wilson said there are places in the county like Blue Lake Township where Internet service options are less than adequate. It's why he hopes for significant participation from residents in the Muskegon County Community Technology Assessment.

"Access to high-speed internet is key to attracting innovative industries," Wilson said. Adding reliable and fast Internet service is also a quality of life decision for families:"Residents want to be in area with high-speed Internet."

The survey is for all county residents and business owners. This spring results will be shared with internet providers doing business in Muskegon County. Results might provide a case for those companies to expand or improve existing service.


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