Welcome to the Madison County Broadband Assessment.  Broadband is important for Madison County for education, health care, jobs, agriculture - literally our future in the 21st century.  Your elected officials are committed to ensuring Madison County citizens have access to broadband technologies which are second to none in New York.

By participating in this survey, you will help your County plan for a connected future.  At the bottom of this page are two columns under the heading “Survey Assessment Overview” which provide more information about each part of this assessment.  There are separate surveys for homes and businesses. If you run a business from your home, don’t worry. You will be able to fill in a survey for your residential needs and can return to the beginning to fill in a survey for your business needs.

If you are ready to start the survey now, you have two choices. If you are taking the survey from your home or business, or from a mobile device connected to your home’s WiFi, you can start the survey and the speed test. If you are taking the survey from a public location because you do not have Internet, are not at your home or business, or are taking the survey from a mobile device not connected to your home’s WiFi, then please skip the speed test.

This survey will be running through January 1, 2020, so if you’re ready to begin, please click the appropriate START button below. Thank you for your help!


Survey Assessment Overview

The complete survey assessment, which requires very little time to complete, is broken down into several parts.  These parts are detailed in the sections below.  

Test Current Internet Capability

This section is an assessment of your current Internet access speeds.  We utilize an industry standard broadband speed test from Ookla to identify current broadband speeds at your location. 

Ookla relies on a network of thousands of computer servers across the country to support its tests - these servers are picked at random, but you will see the name of the test site on your screen when you start the test.

The test will measure both download and upload speeds from your current location.  Download speeds are important for receiving files, emails and other data quickly, as well as support for streaming services such as Netflix and Roku.

Upload speeds are important for transferring large files such as photographs, x-rays or complex documents to another location, or for working with interactive systems such as QuickBooks Online, Google Docs, or other business systems.

Citizen Survey

This section requests basic contact information including your address.  This helps us identify precisely the location of our residents and map where broadband deficiencies exist today. 

As with all parts of the assessment, your information is completely confidential.

This allows us to construct a strategy for bringing broadband providers into the County. These providers will deliver services that meet the needs of our residents, businesses, schools and institutions.

If you wish to volunteer as a "champion" for broadband in Madison County, we provide an opportunity at the very end of the survey, to volunteer your time!

Our champions talk to their neighbors - put signs in their yards - simple but effective!  There is no obligation on your part, but we welcome the active support of every citizen in this effort.