The Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition and Connect-Arkansas is conducting a broadband survey of Drew County residents. “Broadband Internet access is crucial for the future of Drew County,” according to a news release from the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition asking Drew County residents to participate in the survey.

“Recognized as a crucial infrastructure need, adequate broadband is quickly becoming a must-have for education, health care and entertainment” the news release reads. “To better assess the needs of Drew County, the Southeast Arkansas Cornerstone Coalition, in cooperation with Connect-Arkansas, is conducting a county broadband survey. If you have broadband, tell us about it. If you don’t, tell us about that too. Your participation is critical to the success of the region.”

Connect Arkansas, a private, non-profit, is implementing a community-based initiative that will link all Arkansans to the internet. On March 28, 2007, Governor Beebe signed the “Connect Arkansas Broadband Act” into law to ensure the creation of a competitive broadband, or high speed internet, infrastructure that will not only improve personal lives, but also the economic capabilities and prospects of all Arkansans, according to the “company overview” on the Connect-Arkansas Facebook page.

The groups will be conducting surveys in other Southeast Arkansas counties in the future.

You can take the survey online or pick up a survey at one of these locations:

Tillar Store & Café
4456 Hwy. 277 East
Tillar, AR

Crop Production Services
2322 US Hwy 165 & 38
Winchester, AR

Alice-Sidney Dryer & Seed Co.
2453 Hwy. 165
Jerome, AR

Ogles Store
Hwy 278 East
Collins, AR

J-Birds
Hwy 278 West
Wilmar, AR

Codie’s Store
Hwy 425 South
Lacey, AR

Drew Farm Supply
306 N. Bailey St.
Monticello, AR

Atwoods
202 Hwy 425 South
Monticello, AR