Milam County, TX (December 8, 2020) – The Milam 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 across the county.
“This year has proven difficult for all of us but especially so for those in our community who do not have adequate internet access, or worse, have no access at all,” said Steve Young, Milam County Judge. “We’re working in partnership with Connected Nation Texas to leverage the nonprofit’s experience in developing Technology Action Plans. Our local plan will provide immediate and long-term solutions for expanding and improving access to high-speed internet across Milam County. It is critical that we find solutions for helping more people.”
Milam County is the 11th community selected as part of a statewide effort led by Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas) and funded by the Texas Rural Funders—at no cost to the county itself. As part of this effort, the Committee is asking every individual, business, and community organization to take 10 minutes and fill out this short survey: https://myconnectedcommunity.org/milam-county.
“We need as many people and organizations in our county as possible to take part in this survey. It is key to ensure we are developing a plan that accurately reflects the unique challenges and opportunities for expanding access and improving speeds across the county,” said Michelle Morgan, Economic Director, Milam County. “We all need access to high-speed internet—kids need access for remote learning, adults need access for teleworking, seniors need access for telehealth visits, and our local businesses need access to a global marketplace. Whether it’s being able to find better goods and services or connecting with family, all of us in the country need better broadband to improve the quality of our lives.”
In total, 27 Texas communities will be fully funded to take part in the Connected Community Engagement program which was developed by national nonprofit Connected Nation, the parent company of CN Texas, and has been used to help more than 350 communities nationwide.
Jessica Denson, Communications Director
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About Connected Nation Texas: CN Texas 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.
About the Texas Rural Funders: The mission of the Texas Rural Funders (TRF) is to partner with rural Texans to achieve their vision of prosperity and wellbeing. The group’s strategies recognize and are informed by rural expertise and assets. The TRFC leverages local, philanthropic, state and federal resources to collaborate on projects, support local capacity and leadership, share research, convene stakeholders and engage in advocacy. More information can be found on the TRF webpage at: https://www.edtx.org/get-involved/texas-rural-funders-collaborative.
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