Sanilac County, MI (October 26, 2020) – The Sanilac 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.
“For the last year, the Sanilac Board of Commissioners have discussed a county-driven initiative for reliable internet in Sanilac,” said Joel Wyatt, Vice Chairman of the Sanilac County Board of Commissioners. “This last eight months have revealed that objective being more needed than ever. Businesses, families, churches and especially school children have a tremendous need for solid, fast internet. It is truly becoming a critical infrastructure service.”
The Sanilac County Broadband Committee is working in partnership with the national nonprofit Connected Nation (CN), which 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 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 about access: https://myconnectedcommunity.org/sanilac-county.
“The data gleaned from this survey is only for the use of the Sanilac County Broadband Committee,” said Wyatt. “It is more detailed than any survey the internet service providers have done. This will not only help identify areas of poor service, but also identify possibilities for equipment placement and other aspects of internet delivery that will encourage the providers to build out. In addition, this commitment on the part of the county in cooperation with the providers opens up grant opportunities to assist in our objective.”
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
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About 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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