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Local committees work to expand broadband access, improve internet speeds across three area counties

Residents, businesses, community organizations input needed to develop regional technology action plans  

(December 3, 2020) – Lapeer, Sanilac, and St. Clair Counties are right now working to develop county-specific Technology Action Plans. Broadband committees made up of local stakeholders from each county are focused on finding solutions for improving internet connectivity across the region.

But they need help from local residents, businesses, community organizations, and others to determine where better broadband (high-speed internet) access is needed or should be expanded. There are surveys for each county that are available at the following links that take just 10 minutes to complete:

Each Technology Action Plan, which will be developed by leveraging Connected Nation Michigan’s Connected Community Engagement Program, will be shaped by the information provided by local stakeholders.

“Take the survey for your county to make sure the needs in your area are not overlooked,” said Dan Manning, Community Technology Advisor, Connected Nation Michigan. “It’s critical to have input from area residents, businesses, and other organizations. We need your responses to our residential and sector-specific surveys to effectively address the needs of your county. I applaud the local leaders for tackling this head-on and with your help we can develop plans for expanding broadband and its related technologies across the region.”

The Connected Program has been used in nearly 400 communities across the country to develop county or regional-specific Technology Action Plans that have both short term and long-term broadband solutions. For more information or if you have questions, email or head to

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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: and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.