August 11, 2017

The results of the Murray County Broadband Internet Survey have been tallied. 295 responses were received from locations throughout the county between July 7 and August 9, resulting in a credible representation of our internet access county-wide.

Here are some highlights:

  • Not surprisingly, 62.7% of the respondents are unhappy with their internet speeds. Much of the county has access to just one provider, so it’s not possible to simply switch to a different provider to get higher speeds.
  • Lots of households have several devices that require internet access, but their internet service lacks the capacity to support multiple devices.
  • A lot of time is being wasted waiting for downloads and rebooting modems.
  • While using the internet to stream music, movies, and television was frequently mentioned, many reported needing access in able to run home-based businesses, telecommute, or do schoolwork, confirming that for many households in Murray County, fast, reliable internet access is a necessity rather than a luxury.

You can find the survey results here.

The survey was conducted as part of a Broadband Feasibility Study for Murray County. The study results will be available later this year.