Kaufman County to launch countywide broadband engagement April 6

Residents, businesses, health care organizations, schools, and others in community are asked to share details about their internet access, cost, and use

Kaufman County, Texas (March 30, 2022) – The Kaufman County Broadband Committee, in partnership with Connected Nation Texas (CN Texas), invites local stakeholders, community residents, and media to attend a special kickoff event on Wednesday, April 6, at 3 p.m. to discuss expanding and improving internet access, adoption, and use throughout the community. Attendees will learn more about broadband access in Kaufman County and how their feedback is crucial to improving the local broadband landscape. It will conclude with a Q&A session.

The kickoff meeting will be held at the Kaufman Civic Center, located at 607 E. Fair St. in Kaufman, Texas.

Survey data collected throughout the engagement will be used to create a Technology Action Plan that will provide solutions for bridging the connectivity, affordability, and digital literacy gaps in the community. The plan will be developed by leveraging Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program and will be shaped by the information provided by local stakeholders.

“Rural Texans need better broadband,” said Susan Huffman, resident of Cottonwood. “My family lives on a county road in western Kaufman County. Even though we live less than an hour south of Dallas, our only internet access is via a cellular hot spot. I’ll do my part and take the CN Texas Broadband survey. Please join me. Together, we’ll make a bigger impact to improve the broadband desert in our community.”

Kaufman County joins an ever-growing list of communities to partner with CN Texas across the Lone Star State. CN Texas has worked with more than 50 communities to help build local broadband teams, map broadband assets, and create community action plans. The Kaufman County engagement is generously funded by The Meadows Foundation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The Meadows Foundation is “on a mission to improve the quality and circumstances of life for the people of Texas now and in the future.”

For more information or questions, email info@connectednation.org or head to connectednation.org/texas.

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About Connected Nation Texas: CN Texas is the statewide subsidiary of the national nonprofit Connected Nation. Its 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 Meadows Foundation: The Meadows Foundation was established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit and serve the people of Texas. For the last 74 years, the Foundation has provided $1.3 billion in funding for arts and culture, civic and public affairs, environment, education, health, and human services across the state. More information can be found at: https://www.mfi.org/

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