BANGOR- City officials are considering adjusting Bangor’s broadband options.
The issue of broadband internet speed and availability has been a hot topic for the city of Bangor for years.
During the month of January, the city’s economic development team has been conducting a survey to gauge the public opinion on the state of Bangor’s current broadband capability and see where improvements could be made.
“The city council wanted us to start a process of understanding what are the opportunities and what are the threats and challenges that we currently face. And getting data so that we can offer them some evidence for potential solutions that they might consider,” Community and Economic Development Director Tanya Emery said.
She said another factor for the potential broadband adjustments is its cost.
According to the U.S Census Bureau, almost one-fourth of Bangor residents are living in poverty but because internet is deeply ingrained in society, not being able to afford it can cause significant problems.
“That means we have a lot of communities for whom even the most basic internet plan is not an option. When you look at things like technology and the digital divide affecting how kids can do their homework. We really need to come up with a way that we can serve everybody in our community who deserves to have access for opportunities for the future,” Emery said.
She said you can go to the city’s website to complete the survey online or head to city hall, the library or the Cross Insurance Center to pick one up.
“We want to build an economy and a future that includes everybody in the city of Bangor, not just the people who can afford whatever the going rate is today,” she said
She said once data from the surveys are all compiled, members of the economic development team will present their findings to Bangor City Council in March.