St. Clair County, Mich. (November 9, 2020) – The St. Clair County Broadband Committee just launched a new initiative to help expand and improve high-speed internet access for all county residents, businesses, schools, healthcare facilities, and community organizations.
“In today’s world, access to broadband internet access shouldn’t depend on where you live,” said Kevin D. Miller, Ph.D., St. Clair County RESA Superintendent. “Ninety-seven percent of people who live in urban areas have access, while only 65 percent who live in rural areas do. That’s simply not acceptable and all of us should be working together to solve that Digital Divide.”
The St. Clair County Broadband Committee is working in partnership with Connected Nation Michigan (CN Michigan), the stateside program of the national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN). The nonprofit has a mission to improve lives by identifying innovative solutions for expanding access, adoption, and use of broadband and its related technologies to all people. The St. Clair County Broadband Committee is leveraging CN’s Connected Community Engagement Program to develop a Technology Action Plan.
As part of this effort, and to ensure a plan that accurately reflects the need across the area, the Committee is asking every individual, business, and community organization in the county to take 10 minutes and fill out this short survey: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/st-clair-county/
“As a county commissioner and member of the Broadband Team, I urge all community leaders and citizens to become involved in the development of internet access to all parts of the county,” said Bill Gratopp, St. Clair County Commissioner, BOC Vice President. “With the recent pandemic to hit our area, there are more people working from home, and more students getting their education remotely. Please consider taking the survey, which will give us a better understanding of your needs.”
The Connected program has developed Technology Action Plans for more than 350 communities, counties, and regions across the country. Each one is tailored to an area’s specific opportunities and challenges. For more details, head to https://connectednation.org/connect-my-community/
Jessica Denson, Communications Director
About Connected Nation Michigan: CN Michigan is a local division of the national nonprofit Connected Nation. Our mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.
Connected Nation works with consumers, local community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit: connectednation.org and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.
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