HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — If you live in a rural area and want to help improve broadband access in Alabama, the state would like to hear from you.

According to Houston County Commissioner, Doug Sinquefield, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is asking people across the state for information regarding broadband internet access and speed. This will help the department locate gaps in broadband service areas.

Sinquefield said the information the department gathers will be used to map service gaps and create a plan to get broadband to those areas. He said this is important especially after the past 18-months of the pandemic.

“Schools had to be closed and that left a lot of the students in places where they could not get access and to their students so they had to go to other alternative places such as libraries and other places and that was difficult for them to do that,” Sinquefield said.

Sinquefield encourages not only Houston County residents but all residents in the Wiregrass to take the survey.