The Frederick County government is asking all county residents to participate in a survey to help the county win a grant for universal fiber broadband.

Frederick County Public Information Officer Karen Vacchio says the county wants the surveys to be filled out before Friday. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes.

Frederick County recently applied for a state grant to achieve universal fiber-to-the-home broadband to the county’s unserved locations. The county government is partnering in a regional broadband project with Leesburg-based All Points Broadband Partners LLC. The project aims to provide high-speed internet to 7,000-plus locations in the county without access, most in the Back Creek, Gainesboro, and Stonewall districts.

Because state grants are only available in areas that are “unserved” by broadband, a list of unserved locations was submitted to the state agency that determines whether broadband service is available.

According to a county news release, several incumbent providers — including Shentel, Comcast, and Winchester Wireless — have challenged the list of unserved locations by claiming to offer broadband service within areas proposed for grant funding.

Earlier this month, Shentel representatives presented to the board of supervisors plans to expand the fiber-optic network, Glo Fiber, into the county for residential and business customers. The telecommunications company said it wanted the county to partner with them to apply for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant funding. However, the supervisors on Sept 8. chose to partner with All Points for the grant funding instead.

The county government says it needs help from all county citizens to ensure that their unserved home or business is included in the project area for the grant.

Residents can verify whether their location has broadband access today by completing the survey at allpointsbroadband.com/frederick

Without adequate responses from county residents, areas may be excluded from the broadband grant project.