Lumber River Council of Governments seeking public input on broadband internet study

The Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) in conjunction with its members Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties, and the municipalities there in are conducting a study aimed at improving broadband availability within the five county region. The LRCOG and its member governments have been working with ECC Technologies, to assess existing infrastructure and opportunities for broadband expansion within the region.

This study has now reached the point of seeking public input through a Broadband Availability and Adoption Toolset (BAAT). This survey is a comprehensive study of internet usage and availability across our region. We know that many areas in the region do not have adequate access to high-speed internet; however, there is no reliable information on the location or speed of available broadband service. The responses to the BAAT will help regional leaders identify and address current gaps in availability, speed/performance, reliability, and affordability. The survey will also help policymakers and county leaders better understand where gaps exist and therefore provide them with opportunities to consider additional funding mechanisms.

Each individual and business throughout the region can support this effort by completing the survey at:,,,,, or If individuals are unable to complete the survey online and would like to request a paper copy they may contact the Lumber River Council of Governments at 910-618-5533.

The study is being funded by a grant from the US Economic Development Administration.

The LRCOG provides an array of programs and services to the member governments located within its region: Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties. It serves as an administrative and service delivery arm for federal, state, regional, and local programs of its member governments

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