October 30, 2013 | 10:33 AM
The Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County is launching a multi-tiered survey to gauge usage of the Internet and the need of high-speed Internet.
Lisa Long, president of the Chamber, said approval is pending for a 501(c)(3) for Connect Harrison County Inc.
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"One of the goals of the nonprofit corporation is to take on the issue of high-speed Internet," she said.
The first tier of the survey, which is being conducted by a firm in Indianapolis that has 30-plus years of marketing research, involves sending out the survey electronically to Chamber members and other contacts of the Chamber. Electronic surveys were to start going out Friday.
"This will be about a two-week process," Long said.
Next, in mid-November, a phone survey will be launched with calls being made to non-Chamber businesses.
The final phase of the survey will be a random sampling of residences in the county.
Long said the firm has assured her that an equal number of surveys will be conducted in each of the county's four quadrants.
Survey questions will be about current usage of the Internet, the interest in or need of high-speed Internet access and pricing for such services.
Long said the survey will not ask for personal information such as Social Security number, income or date of birth (it may ask age).
The Chamber board has discussed high-speed Internet as part of its strategic plan for a number of years now and has collaborated with county officials about it.
"It may be the perception is that high-speed Internet isn't available or maybe we really do lack the infrastructure," Long said.
Long encourages anyone who receives a survey, whether electronically or by phone, to take the time to participate.
"The results will help determine what the next step will be for Harrison County," Long said.
For more information about the survey, call the Chamber of Commerce at 738-0120.