Midland County committee works to assess and improve broadband access and use throughout the area
Residents, businesses, community organizations input needed to
develop countywide technology action plan
Midland County, Mich. (December 4, 2020) – The Midland County Broadband Committee is right now working to develop a county-specific Technology Action Plan. The committee is made up of local stakeholders who are focused on finding solutions for improving internet connectivity countywide.
“Broadband connectivity has long been a need in Midland County,” said Tony Stamas, President & CEO, Midland Business Alliance. “As the challenges of the pandemic and flood have impacted our community, the elevated need for improved and affordable virtual infrastructure is increasingly apparent. By collaboratively engaging in this work, the entire community will have the opportunity to thrive regardless of physical location.”
But committee members 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. To provide your input, fill out the 10-minute survey available at the following address:
The 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.
“Broadband connection is essential to have a community where all can thrive,” says Sharon Mortensen, President & CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “This is even more evident while we deal with the pandemic and the increased need for connectivity. We are pleased to engage in this work with stakeholders from across the community as we work toward our ultimate goal of ensuring access to all.”
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.
“Take the survey and make sure the needs in your area of the county are not overlooked,” said Dan Manning, Community Technology Advisor, Connected Nation Michigan. “It’s critical to have input from as many residents, businesses, and others as possible. We need your responses to our residential and sector-specific surveys to effectively address the needs of the 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 Midland County.”
For more information or if you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or head to connectednation.org/michigan.
Jessica Denson, Communications Director
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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: connectednation.organd follow Connected Nation on Facebookand Twitter.