(WBNG) — Southern Tier 8 is asking residents in Tompkins County and the Southern Tier to “rate their relationship” with their internet service.
Southern Tier 8 said residents can utilize the “Better Connection Program” by going to betterconnection.org to “voice their frustration” with their service.
The organization said that if residents utilize the service, it can “work on expanding the broadband infrastructure”
in the region.
According to the organization, people who use the service will help Southern Tier 8 do the following:
• Collect useful data to help attract providers with better service options and costs
• Serve our communities and prospective residents looking to relocate to our region in the years to come
• Support grant writing
• Serve as a resource for municipalities to respond to new FCC maps (2023)
• Raise awareness by showing local, state and federal leaders the geographic areas that still lack adequate internet service and that need immediate assistance and funding
Southern Tier 8 wrote in a news release:
The current internet connectivity data map in at the Southern Tier 8 region today is at best incomplete and INCOMPLETE DATA LEADS TO LACK OPPORTUNITY. Although containing urban cores, The Southern Tier 8 region has a vast rural community across all 8 counties. Research and studies show that these rural communities are suffering the most with the inadequate service providers and proper connectivity which has enhanced their hardships in the areas of work, education, finances, healthcare, and affecting their overall quality of life.