Congress and the incoming Biden-Harris Administration are calling for new and improved Federal programs to close the digital divide, but implementation may be largely at the local level. This survey is designed for local leaders to shape the Federal agenda to facilitate locally-based solutions.

The Benton Institute for Broadband and Society will publish the results of this survey with the Broadband Equity Partnership – a new, mission-driven consultancy from HR&A Advisors and CTC Technology & Energy, built to close the digital divide in partnership with government, nonprofits, and small businesses – who is administering the survey. Findings will be shared with Federal and State policymakers in aggregate, with all individual responses kept confidential. Please submit any questions to survey@broadbandequity.org.

This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Respondents will have the option of receiving a copy of survey findings. 

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1. Which best describes your organization? select one

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2. What is the jurisdictional/geographic level in which your organization works? select one or more

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3. Which of the following best describes your organization's efforts to date to achieve universal broadband access and adoption? select one

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4. Which of the following types of partners are you working with actively to help close the digital divide? select all that apply

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5. If new Federal funds flowed to the following organizations, how much confidence would you have in the use of those funds to close the digital divide? Please use this prompt to answer questions 5-8

State entities in your jurisdiction:

  Low confidence Somewhat low confidence Somewhat high confidence High confidence No opinion
State IT Agency
State Economic Development Agency

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6. Local entities in your jurisdiction:

  Low confidence Somewhat low confidence Somewhat high confidence High confidence No opinion
City/County IT Agency
City/County Economic Development Agency
School District(s)

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7. Non-government entities in your jurisdiction:

  Low confidence Somewhat low confidence Somewhat high confidence High confidence No opinion
Nonprofits/Community Benefit Organizations
Large/National Internet Service Providers
Small/Local Internet Service Providers

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8. Are there other organizations in your state or locality that you think may or should be recipients of these funds? If so, please tell us about who they are and what level of confidence you would have in their ability to use the funds to close the digital divide. optional

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9. Which of the following are your highest priorities for funding to empower your organization to help close the digital divide in your jurisdiction? select up to three

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10. Which of the following are your highest priorities for policy changes from either Federal or State government to empower your organization to help close the digital divide in your jurisdiction? select up to three

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11. Describe your jurisdiction’s biggest barrier to closing the digital divide. What would most help your jurisdiction overcome that barrier? optional

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